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[sawl-tee] /ˈsɔl ti/
adjective, saltier, saltiest.
tasting of or containing salt; saline.
piquant; sharp; witty.
racy or coarse:
salty humor.
of the sea, sailing, or life at sea.
Origin of salty
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see salt1, -y1
Related forms
saltily, adverb
saltiness, noun
oversalty, adjective
unsalty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salty
  • With kernel seasonings you can address the salty and the sweet cravings quite nicely.
  • It keeps pretty well, and kernel seasonings come in salty and sweet flavors to help curb different cravings.
  • Her words were far from glowing, describing the food as salty and the dining conditions unsanitary.
  • It also leaves a salty residue causing pollution and opening the ecosystems up for new invasive species.
  • In other words, oily dough with a sweet and salty flavor.
  • The simple addition of caramelized apples and salty blue cheese gives this tasty soup a sophisticated feel.
  • For a taste of the tropics, top this burger with a combination of sweet and salty spam and pineapple.
  • The main-course strata pairs eggs and asparagus accented with salty prosciutto, lemon, and chives.
  • Tabbouleh gets a zingy makeover, thanks to aromatic mint and salty, tangy preserved lemon.
  • salty prosciutto is balanced with tender bites of sweet figs in this elegant topping combination.
British Dictionary definitions for salty


adjective saltier, saltiest
of, tasting of, or containing salt
(esp of humour) sharp; piquant
relating to life at sea
Derived Forms
saltily, adverb
saltiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for salty

mid-15c., "tasting of salt, impregnated with salt," from salt (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "racy" is from 1866, from salt in the sense of "that which gives life or pungency" (1570s, originally of words or wit). Meaning "racy, sexy" is from 1866. U.S. slang sense of "angry, irritated" is first attested 1938 (probably from similar use with regard to sailors, "tough, aggressive," attested by 1920), especially in phrase jump salty "to unexpectedly become enraged." Related: Saltily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for salty


  1. Audacious; daring; aggressive: I relaxed, smiled. Salty little bugger (1920+ Navy)
  2. Terrible; nasty; unpalatable (1940s+ Jive talk)
  3. ngry; hostile (1938+ Black)
  4. Expensive; also, falsely bid higher

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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