American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Filled or wet with tears: teary eyes.
- adj. Of or resembling tears.
- adj. Causing weeping: a teary movie; a teary goodbye.
- adj. Inclined to weep: He becomes teary when he reminisces.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of tears; wet with tears; tearful.
- Falling in drops like tears.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wet with tears; tearful.
- adj. Consisting of tears, or drops like tears.
- adj. with eyes full of tears
- tear + -y (Wiktionary)
“We have to come through moments like that, these make or break moments in tournaments," defender Gary Neville said after emerging from what he described as a teary dressing room.”
“She should just be glad no one ever called the teary-eyed lip-biter the first woman president.”
“KING: He is in heaven, the president told one parent during what aides described as a teary-eyed very emotional 30 minutes with the Marine families.”
“She should also stress the point that even though she is an ordinary person (as demonstrated in the "teary" ad), she also has vast and specific experience that makes her qualified to lead, not because of who she is, but because of what she has done.”
“Things are kind of teary and giddy around here today.”
“It made me get teary which is really not good for my butch street-cred.”
“As I thought about what to say, I saw that her tear-filled eyes weren't quite as "teary" as they had been.”
“You can see the kids there kind of teary eyed as a result.”
“And then when he came out, he was still kind of teary when I was talking to him.”
“She got kind of teary which was unusual, but then I think she may have been frightened about us flying.”
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