Definition of salty in English:



  • 1Tasting of, containing, or preserved with salt.

    ‘the bacon will be quite salty’
    ‘a faint breeze wafted a salty tang off the sea’
    • ‘You can't walk 10 feet without being covered in sweat, and you arrive everywhere sticky, salty and breathless.’
    • ‘We speculated that it could have been marinaded in soy sauce, because there was a lovely, salty tang to the skin.’
    • ‘Season with plenty of black pepper and some salt, though remember the bacon may be quite salty.’
    • ‘And I disagree with adding salt - anchovies and olives are salty - I only added pepper.’
    • ‘If I drink ground water from the well in my house, it tastes brackish and salty, while the tap water is always unclean and unhealthy.’
    • ‘Plants with leathery leaves, or ones that have evolved to cope with sun and drought, with grey, woolly leaves or small leaf surfaces, seem to cope best with the salty conditions.’
    • ‘What gases appear when salty water is electrolysed depends on the salt concentration.’
    • ‘Local people also prepare homemade snacks to serve with the tea, such as preserved fruits, salty vegetables and potato pieces.’
    • ‘Many endurance athletes need to consume salty foods and salt to replace sodium losses.’
    • ‘The chicken comes with a little bowl of salt to dip it in, and as intensely salty as that sounds, it's wonderful.’
    • ‘I tend to crave salty snacks more than sweet snacks, though occasionally an overwhelming urge for really dark chocolate comes over me.’
    • ‘Estuaries (where fresh river water meets salty ocean water) are examples of brackish waters.’
    • ‘Soft water, on the other hand, may taste salty because sodium salts are often used to rid the hard water of minerals.’
    • ‘To leach salts from the salty soils, water plants' root zones slowly and deeply at least once a year.’
    • ‘Don't worry about the sea salt making it too salty; the skin protects the fish well against this.’
    • ‘Lily, too, said that her soup was too sweet - and the won ton themselves (small Chinese dumplings with a meat filling) were too salty.’
    • ‘Like sausages, bacon tends to be very salty and may also be preserved with the chemical sodium nitrite, which has been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer.’
    • ‘To make sure you're getting enough sodium, add a little more salt to your food, or eat some salty foods as part of your regular routine.’
    • ‘The vegetable stock is salty enough that additional salt probably won't be necessary.’
    • ‘Calypso inhaled in a deep breath of ocean air, feeling the salty tang penetrate her nostrils.’
    salt, salted, saline, briny, brackish
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  • 2(of language or humour) down-to-earth; coarse.

    ‘her wild ways and salty language shocked the local gentry’
    • ‘He proceeded to insult everyone, telling them, in more salty language, that he didn't need any of them to win.’
    • ‘There's a salty rural saying, beloved of Finnish technocrats: ‘God never says no to grand thoughts.’’
    • ‘Already, comments from John Henry about profanity on the site have prompted moderators to crack down on the salty language.’
    • ‘Governor Bush was not the first politician to use salty language to describe a reporter.’
    • ‘Gosh, it sure looks to me as if old Fred's only using some salty language to say the same thing the rest of these guys are saying.’
    lively, vigorous, spirited, colourful, sparkling
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  • 3informal Tough or aggressive.

    ‘a salty campaign strategist’
    • ‘If rip-roaring eighteenth century epics are your thing, you will probably love this book, stuffed as it is with salty character and fulsome event.’
    • ‘An avid fisherman, hunter, outdoorsman and adventurer, Hendryx was a 'salty' character who based much of his writing on his experiences as a cowboy and as a prospector at the tail end of the Alaskan Gold Rush.’
    1. 3.1US Angry or resentful, especially in response to a defeat or disappointment.
      ‘she was salty because I didn't go with her to her senior prom’