[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.
  3. containing much or too much water: a watery paste; a watery batter.
  4. soft, soggy, tasteless, etc., due to excessive water or overcooking: watery vegetables; a watery stew.
  5. tearful.
  6. of the nature of water: watery vapor.
  7. resembling water in appearance or color: eyes of a watery blue.
  8. resembling water in fluidity and absence of viscosity: a watery fluid.
  9. of poor or weak quality; thin, washy, or vapid: watery prose.
  10. consisting of water: a watery grave.
  11. discharging, filled with, or secreting a waterlike morbid substance.

Origin of watery

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wæterig. See water, -y1
Related formswa·ter·i·ly, adverbwa·ter·i·ness, nounun·wa·ter·y, adjective

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3. thin, weak, diluted, dilute.
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British Dictionary definitions for watery


  1. relating to, consisting of, containing, or resembling water
  2. discharging or secreting water or a water-like fluida watery wound
  3. tearful; weepy
  4. insipid, thin, or weak
Derived Formswateriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for watery

Old English wæterig; see water (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

watery in Medicine


  1. Filled with, consisting of, or soaked with water; wet or soggy.
  2. Secreting or discharging water or watery fluid, especially as a symptom of disease.
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