wa·ter·y (wôtə-rē, wŏtə-)
adj. wa·ter·i·er, wa·ter·i·est
1. Filled with, consisting of, or soaked with water; wet or soggy: watery soil.
2. Containing too much water; diluted: watery soup.
3. Suggestive of water, as in being thin, pale, or liquid: watery sunshine.
4. Lacking force or substance; weak or insipid: watery prose.
5. Secreting or discharging water or watery fluid, especially as a symptom of disease.
6. Accompanied by tears; tearful: a watery good-bye.
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