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[waw-tuh-ree, wot-uh-] /ˈwɔ tə ri, ˈwɒt ə-/
pertaining to or connected with water:
watery Neptune.
full of or abounding in water, as soil or a region; soggy; boggy.
containing much or too much water:
a watery paste; a watery batter.
soft, soggy, tasteless, etc., due to excessive water or overcooking:
watery vegetables; a watery stew.
of the nature of water:
watery vapor.
resembling water in appearance or color:
eyes of a watery blue.
resembling water in fluidity and absence of viscosity:
a watery fluid.
of poor or weak quality; thin, washy, or vapid:
watery prose.
consisting of water:
a watery grave.
discharging, filled with, or secreting a waterlike morbid substance.
Origin of watery
before 1000; Middle English; Old English wæterig. See water, -y1
Related forms
waterily, adverb
wateriness, noun
unwatery, adjective
3. thin, weak, diluted, dilute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for watery
  • The frogs attach their eggs to the sides of the pitcher, and the tadpoles grow in the watery liquid inside the plant.
  • The frogs attach their eggs to the sides of the pitcher, and the tadpoles grow in the watery liquid inside the plant.
  • Not bad if you can get past the watery texture and slightly curdled appearance.
  • Then notice how the soothing palette mimics the sparkle and cool, watery blue of a swimming pool or water feature.
  • If you are not eating and you abhor watery beer, you need to join a private club.
  • If you want to booze without eating, you can either buy extra-watery beer or join a private club.
  • But when the corps moved the river sideways, it destroyed the watery dam.
  • The streets huddle together, dark and dense, while all around laps the watery lagoon.
  • Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.
  • But it is true that oily substances are less cold to the touch than watery, oil being less cold than water, and silk than linen.
British Dictionary definitions for watery


relating to, consisting of, containing, or resembling water
discharging or secreting water or a water-like fluid: a watery wound
tearful; weepy
insipid, thin, or weak
Derived Forms
wateriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for watery

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

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watery in Medicine

watery wa·ter·y (wô'tə-rē)
adj. wa·ter·i·er, wa·ter·i·est

  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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