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The Collaborative Dictionary

Watery \Wa"ter*y\, a. [AS. waeterig.] [1913 Webster]
Of or pertaining to water; consisting of water. "The watery god." --Dryden. "Fish within their watery residence." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Abounding with water; wet; hence, tearful. [1913 Webster]
Resembling water; thin or transparent, as a liquid; as, watery humors. [1913 Webster] The oily and watery parts of the aliment. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]
Hence, abounding in thin, tasteless, or insipid fluid; tasteless; insipid; vapid; spiritless. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

watery adj
1 filled with water; "watery soil"
2 wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or blood or tears; "wiped his reeking neck" [syn: reeking, dripping]
3 filled or brimming with tears; "swimming eyes"; "watery eyes"; "sorrow made the eyes of many grow liquid" [syn: liquid, swimming]
4 relating to or resembling or consisting of water; "a watery grave"
5 overly diluted; thin and insipid; "washy coffee"; "watery milk"; "weak tea" [syn: washy, weak]

Moby Thesaurus

Lenten, Spartan, abstemious, airy, anemic, aquatic, aqueous, ascetic, attenuate, attenuated, austere, banal, bland, bloodless, boyish, changeable, dead, delicate, diaphanous, dilute, diluted, dwarfed, dwarfish, ethereal, excretory, exiguous, fade, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flat, flavorless, flimsy, flowing, fluent, fluid, fluidal, fluidic, fluxible, fluxile, fluxional, fluxionary, frail, frugal, gauzy, girlish, gossamer, gracile, gruelly, halfhearted, hydrated, hydraulic, hydrous, impoverished, inane, indecisive, indifferent, infirm of purpose, infirm of will, insipid, insubstantial, irresolute, jejune, juicy, lachrymal, lachrymose, lacrimatory, lactational, lacteal, lacteous, lacy, lean, light, limited, liquid, liquidy, meager, mean, mild, milk-and-water, milky, miserly, misty, mushy, namby-pamby, narrow, neutral, niggardly, pallid, paltry, papery, pappy, parsimonious, plashy, poor, pulpy, puny, rare, rarefied, rheumy, runny, salivant, salivary, salivous, sapless, sappy, savorless, scant, scanty, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, secretional, secretive, secretory, seminal, serous, sialagogic, skimp, skimpy, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, sloppy, small, spare, sparing, spermatic, spiceless, splashy, stale, starvation, stingy, stinted, straitened, stunted, subsistence, subtle, succulent, svelte, swashy, sylphlike, tasteless, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, unflavored, unnourishing, unnutritious, unsavory, vague, vapid, washy, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watering, waterish, weak, willowy, wiredrawn, wishy-washy, wispy

English

Etymology

See water.

Adjective

  1. wet, soggy or soaked with water
  2. diluted or having too much water
  3. In the context of "of light": thin and pale therefore suggestive of water
  4. weak and insipid
  5. discharging water or similar substance as a result of disease etc.
  6. tearful

Translations

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