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salty

[sawl-tee] /ˈsɔl ti/
adjective, saltier, saltiest.
1.
tasting of or containing salt; saline.
2.
piquant; sharp; witty.
3.
racy or coarse:
salty humor.
4.
of the sea, sailing, or life at sea.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see salt1, -y1
Related forms
saltily, adverb
saltiness, noun
oversalty, adjective
unsalty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un salty

salty

/ˈsɔːltɪ/
adjective saltier, saltiest
1.
of, tasting of, or containing salt
2.
(esp of humour) sharp; piquant
3.
relating to life at sea
Derived Forms
saltily, adverb
saltiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un salty

salty

adj.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for un salty

salty

adjective
  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

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