Definitions

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

  • adj. Filled with, consisting of, or soaked with water; wet or soggy: watery soil.
  • adj. Containing too much water; diluted: watery soup.
  • adj. Suggestive of water, as in being thin, pale, or liquid: watery sunshine.
  • adj. Lacking force or substance; weak or insipid: watery prose.
  • adj. Secreting or discharging water or watery fluid, especially as a symptom of disease.
  • adj. Accompanied by tears; tearful: a watery good-bye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wet, soggy or soaked with water
  • adj. diluted or having too much water
  • adj. thin and pale therefore suggestive of water
  • adj. weak and insipid
  • adj. discharging water or similar substance as a result of disease etc.
  • adj. tearful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to water; consisting of water.
  • adj. Abounding with water; wet; hence, tearful.
  • adj. Resembling water; thin or transparent, as a liquid.
  • adj. Hence, abounding in thin, tasteless, or insipid fluid; tasteless; insipid; vapid; spiritless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in, moist with, or containing water; discharging water; wet; dripping; watered; specifically, of the eyes, tearful or running.
  • Consisting of water.
  • Resembling water; suggestive of water.
  • Hence— Weak; vapid; insipid.
  • Liquid; soft, and more or less transparent; pale.
  • Insipid and soft or flabby, as a fish or its flesh.
  • Pertaining to, connected with, or affecting water: specifically used of the moon, as governing the tide.
  • Watering in desire, as the mouth; eager.
  • In heraldry:
  • Bounded by, or ornamented by, wavy lines: a rare epithet used in blazoning fanciful modern bearings.
  • Same as undé.

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

  • adj. filled with water
  • adj. relating to or resembling or consisting of water
  • adj. overly diluted; thin and insipid
  • adj. wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears

Etymologies

From water +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If, in addition to the above symptoms, he pass a large quantity of watery fluid from his bowels, the case becomes one of _watery gripes_, and requires the immediate attention of a doctor.

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  • The lake is watery from the rain of Saturday night, which has collected on the ice, lake above lake, as it were.

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  • Môt, which some call watery slime, and others putrescence of watery secretion.

    History of Phoenicia

  • Thus the particles, which form generated animal embryons, are prepared from dead organic matter by the chemico-animal processes of sanguification and of secretion; while those which form spontaneous microscopic animals or microscopic vegetables are prepared by chemical dissolutions and new combinations of organic matter in watery fluids with sufficient warmth.

    Note I

  • When if I go down in there again, what we’re mostly talking about is what they call a watery grave?

    Drowned Hopes

  • a thin watery green soup and now and again sweet potato tops, a bit of cabbage or other “unknown” vegetables.

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  • There seems to be a trend right now, for fragrances that I will call watery-woody or watery-woody-floral.

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  • We've saved him from what the old folks at home calls a watery grave, and now it's his turn to do a bit of something to save us. "

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  • He plops the reader down smack dab in the middle of what could only be described as a watery stretch of lawlessness and gives the whole book a sense of the danger that went with the territory.

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  • _Montagna Neros_ by the inhabitants; that is, the watery mountain, abounding in springs and rivulets.

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  • "In heraldry:
    Bounded by, or ornamented by, wavy lines: a rare epithet used in blazoning fanciful modern bearings.
    Same as undé."
    --CD&C

    May 1, 2012