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[teer-ee] /ˈtɪər i/
adjective, tearier, teariest.
of or like tears.
Origin of teary
1325-75; Middle English tery. See tear1, -y1
Related forms
tearily, adverb
teariness, noun Unabridged
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  • She was a lovely sight through my teary eyes, even with her face flushed from rushing.
  • But she's seen the movie six or seven teary times so far.
  • Let's not get all teary-eyed when they do it in a tough, brutal, violent way.
  • When on land, this mucus gives them a teary-eyed appearance.
  • Various civilians will portray family, friends and neighbors showing support and bidding teary farewells to the brave volunteers.
British Dictionary definitions for teary


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

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

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