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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a somewhat salty taste, especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water: "You could cut the brackish winds with a knife/Here in Nantucket” ( Robert Lowell).
  • adj. Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries.
  • adj. Distasteful; unpleasant; not appealing to the taste.
  • adj. Repulsive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Saltish, or salt in a moderate degree, as water in saline soil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing a salt or somewhat salt taste; salt in a moderate degree: applied to water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
  • adj. distasteful and unpleasant; spoiled by mixture

Etymologies

From Dutch brak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the now obsolete brack +‎ -ish, from Middle Dutch brac. (Wiktionary)

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