What does watery mean?

Definitions for watery
ˈwɔ tə ri, ˈwɒt ə-wa·te·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word watery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wateryadjective

    filled with water

    "watery soil"

  2. reeking, wateryadjective

    wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears

    "wiped his reeking neck"

  3. wateryadjective

    relating to or resembling or consisting of water

    "a watery substance"; "a watery color"

  4. watery, washy, weakadjective

    overly diluted; thin and insipid

    "washy coffee"; "watery milk"; "weak tea"


  1. wateryadjective

    wet, soggy or soaked with water

  2. wateryadjective

    diluted or having too much water

  3. wateryadjective

    thin and pale therefore suggestive of water

  4. wateryadjective

    weak and insipid

  5. wateryadjective

    discharging water or similar substance as a result of disease etc.

  6. wateryadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wateryadjective

    Etymology: from water.

    Quicksilver, which is a most crude and watery body, heated, and pent in, hath the like force with gunpowder. Francis Bacon.

    The bile, by its saponaceous quality, mixeth the oily and watery parts of the aliment together. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    We’ll use this unwholesome humidity, this gross, watery pumpion. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    No heterogeneous mixture use, as some
    With watry turneps have debas’d their wines. Philips.

    When the big lip, and wat’ry eye
    Tell me, the rising storm is nigh:
    ’Tis then thou art yon angry main,
    Deform’d by winds, and dash’d by rain. Matthew Prior.

    On the brims her fire, the wat’ry god,
    Roll’d from a silver urn his crystal flood. Dryden.

    The wat’ry kingdom is no bar
    To stop the foreign spirits; but they come,
    As o’er a brook, to see fair Portia. William Shakespeare.

    Those few escap’d
    Famine, and anguish, will at last consume,
    Wand’ring that wat’ry desart. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Betwixt us and you wide oceans flow,
    And wat’ry desarts. John Dryden, Indian Emperor.

    Together to the wat’ry camp they haste. Dryden.

    Perhaps you’ll say,
    That the attracted wat’ry vapours rise
    From lakes and seas, and fill the lower skies. Richard Blackmore.


  1. watery

    Water is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula H2O. It is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth's hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms (in which it acts as a solvent). It is vital for all known forms of life, despite not providing food, energy or organic micronutrients. Its chemical formula, H2O, indicates that each of its molecules contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, connected by covalent bonds. The hydrogen atoms are attached to the oxygen atom at an angle of 104.45°. "Water" is also the name of the liquid state of H2O at standard temperature and pressure. Because Earth's environment is relatively close to water's triple point, a number of natural states of water exist on earth. It forms precipitation in the form of rain and aerosols in the form of fog. Clouds consist of suspended droplets of water and ice, its solid state. When finely divided, crystalline ice may precipitate in the form of snow. The gaseous state of water is steam or water vapor. Water covers about 71% of the Earth's surface, with seas and oceans making up most of the water volume on earth (about 96.5%). Small portions of water occur as groundwater (1.7%), in the glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland (1.7%), and in the air as vapor, clouds (consisting of ice and liquid water suspended in air), and precipitation (0.001%). Water moves continually through the water cycle of evaporation, transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Water plays an important role in the world economy. Approximately 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes to agriculture. Fishing in salt and fresh water bodies has been, and continues to be, a major source of food for many parts of the world, providing 6.5% of global protein. Much of the long-distance trade of commodities (such as oil, natural gas, and manufactured products) is transported by boats through seas, rivers, lakes, and canals. Large quantities of water, ice, and steam are used for cooling and heating, in industry and homes. Water is an excellent solvent for a wide variety of substances both mineral and organic; as such it is widely used in industrial processes, and in cooking and washing. Water, ice and snow are also central to many sports and other forms of entertainment, such as swimming, pleasure boating, boat racing, surfing, sport fishing, diving, ice skating and skiing.


  1. watery

    Watery refers to something that is diluted with, full of, resembling, or related to water, often characterized by its transparent, liquid state. It can describe the consistency, appearance, or taste of something. For example, eyes can appear watery due to tears, certain foods can have a watery texture if they're not thick or solid enough, and some environments can be described as watery based on their water content or features.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wateryadjective

    of or pertaining to water; consisting of water

  2. Wateryadjective

    abounding with water; wet; hence, tearful

  3. Wateryadjective

    resembling water; thin or transparent, as a liquid; as, watery humors

  4. Wateryadjective

    hence, abounding in thin, tasteless, or insipid fluid; tasteless; insipid; vapid; spiritless

  5. Etymology: [AS. waeterig.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of watery in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of watery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of watery in a Sentence

  1. Allen Ginsberg:

    No monster vibration, no snake universe hallucinations. Many tiny jeweled violet flowers along the path of a living brook that looked like Blake's illustration for a canal in grassy Eden: huge Pacific watery shore, Orlovsky dancing naked like Shiva long-haired before giant green waves, titanic cliffs that Wordsworth mentioned in his own Sublime, great yellow sun veiled with mist hanging over the planet's oceanic horizon. No harm.

  2. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard:

    Officers spoke to Mr. Shepard, and they smelled alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes.

  3. Jim Denes:

    My eyes were all runny and watery.

  4. Tommy Schaefer:

    I couldn't see for a moment because my eyes were so watery and I was distraught, I was in a state of mind, I had no idea what was happening. I was almost about to black out. And I grabbed it and I started swinging.

  5. Jim Denes:

    I was just miserable. I was trying to cough up stuff, I couldn’t, my eyes were all runny and watery.

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