[ waw-tuh-ree, wot-uh- ]
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  1. pertaining to or connected with water: watery Neptune.

  2. full of or abounding in water, as soil or a region; soggy; boggy.

  1. containing much or too much water: a watery paste; a watery batter.

  2. soft, soggy, tasteless, etc., due to excessive water or overcooking: watery vegetables; a watery stew.

  3. of the nature of water: watery vapor.

  4. resembling water in appearance or color: eyes of a watery blue.

  5. resembling water in fluidity and absence of viscosity: a watery fluid.

  6. of poor or weak quality; thin, washy, or vapid: watery prose.

  7. consisting of water: a watery grave.

  8. discharging, filled with, or secreting a waterlike morbid substance.

Origin of watery

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wæterig.See water, -y1

Other words for watery

Other words from watery

  • wa·ter·i·ly, adverb
  • wa·ter·i·ness, noun
  • un·wa·ter·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for watery


/ (ˈwɔːtərɪ) /

  1. relating to, consisting of, containing, or resembling water

  2. discharging or secreting water or a water-like fluid: a watery wound

  1. tearful; weepy

  2. insipid, thin, or weak

Derived forms of watery

  • wateriness, noun

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