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teary

[teer-ee] /ˈtɪər i/
adjective, tearier, teariest.
1.
of or like tears.
2.
Origin of teary
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English tery. See tear1, -y1
Related forms
tearily, adverb
teariness, noun
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  • There's a name on it but my eyes are so teary I can't make it out.

    Dandelion Cottage Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The slipper landed on Jo's head and she responded by raising rather a teary face.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • And Mehitable lifted her swollen, teary face from the pillow and drank it.

  • Then Wilbur, in the disordered kitchen, put himself squarely in the way of the teary mother.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • "No; but I guess she'll suspect it, though," returned Cordelia, with a teary smile.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
British Dictionary definitions for teary

teary

/ˈtɪərɪ/
adjective tearier, teariest
1.
characterized by, covered with, or secreting tears
2.
given to weeping; tearful
Derived Forms
tearily, adverb
teariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for teary
adj.

late 14c., from tear (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Tearily; teariness.

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