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salty

[ sawl-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF salty
  • adj.flavored with sodium chloride
  • adj.spicy, colorful

Synonyms for salty

  • alkaline
  • briny
  • pungent
  • saline
  • salted
  • sour
  • acrid
  • brackish
  • highly flavored
  • oversalted
  • saliferous
  • salt
  • saltish
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Antonyms for salty

  • blah
  • bland
  • dull
  • unsalted
  • unsalty
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SALTY

Every fluid of the body is salty, and every cell of the body is bathed in salt water.

The air was heavy, and the salty flavor of the flats might almost be tasted in it.

This sea stirred not, while the air above it was frozen in salty silence.

A strong, salty fragrance, wet and sweet, floated on the breeze.

The water that forms rain comes from the ocean, yet the rain is not salty.

Indeed these were occasions when the place was kept humming with a salty brightness.

You didn't like salty olives the first time you tasted them.

And David took his salty handkerchief from his eyes and laughed.

The salty spray increased to a gentle rain, buffeting her cheeks.

The thick, salty taste persisted in his mouth, nauseating him.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SALTY

alkaline

adjectivebeing basic, not acid (chemically)
  • acrid
  • alkalescent
  • alkali
  • antacid
  • bitter
  • caustic
  • neutralizing
  • salty
  • soluble

brackish

adjectivesomewhat salty
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