Synonyms for salted


Antonyms for salted

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How could they turn from me to orange frapp or salted almonds?

They've just gone and salted it—I mean, put some good ore in to deceive you.

The deep-sea fishermen exported a part of their catch, dried and salted.

And the splitten fry are salted dry by the blink of the morning star.

Muda Hassim presented us with another bullock, which we salted.

He is the salt of the earth, and if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?

They fished every day in the lake, and salted what they did not eat, for winter provision.

The tongues of the cod were taken out of the heads, put into barrels and salted.

It was not much, but the change was refreshing to a crew fed on salted meat.

He had also caught and salted several hundred pounds of bass, pike and pickerel.


Old English sealt "salt" (n.; also as an adjective, "salty, briny"), from Proto-Germanic *saltom (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Gothic salt, Dutch zout, German Salz), from PIE *sal- "salt" (cf. Greek hals "salt, sea," Latin sal, Old Church Slavonic soli, Old Irish salann, Welsh halen "salt").

Modern chemistry sense is from 1790. Meaning "experienced sailor" is first attested 1840, in reference to the salinity of the sea. Salt was long regarded as having power to repel spiritual and magical evil. Many metaphoric uses reflect that this was once a rare and important resource, e.g. worth one's salt (1830), salt of the earth (Old English, after Matt. v:13). Belief that spilling salt brings bad luck is attested from 16c. To be above (or below) the salt (1590s) refers to customs of seating at a long table according to rank or honor, and placing a large salt-cellar in the middle of the dining table.

Salt-lick first recorded 1751; salt-marsh is Old English sealtne mersc; salt-shaker is from 1882. Salt-and-pepper "of dark and light color" first recorded 1915. To take something with a grain of salt is from 1640s, from Modern Latin cum grano salis.


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