Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being or containing water that is somewhat salty but less salty than sea water.
  • adjective Having a somewhat salty taste or smell.
  • adjective Distasteful; unpalatable.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Dutch brak.]

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From the now obsolete brack +‎ -ish, from Middle Dutch brac.

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