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Etymology edit

PIE word
*séh₂ls

From Middle English salti, equivalent to salt +‎ -y.

Compare Saterland Frisian soaltig (salty), West Frisian sâltich (salty), Dutch zoutig (salty), German Low German soltig (salty), German salzig (salty).

(coarse; irritated, annoyed): Referencing the sharp, 'spicy' flavor of salt. (indignant): Perhaps implying the person is a crybaby, shedding salty tears, or derived from the preceding.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒl.ti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒlti

Adjective edit

salty (comparative saltier, superlative saltiest)

  1. Tasting of salt.
  2. Containing salt.
    • 1957, Americas (English Ed.):
      At Zipaquirá, the salty ore is taken from the mine in chunks, then thrown into large tanks of water, where the salt is dissolved out. The resulting brine is drawn off into pipelines, containers, or tank trucks and sold []
    • 2008, Günter Grass, translated by Michael Henry Heim, Peeling the Onion, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, →ISBN, page 223:
      My job was to couple the dumpers, full or empty, then uncouple them at the main shaft, and to open and close the weather door on the trip to the roof galleries, where the salty ore was dynamited and broken down.
  3. (figuratively, of language) Coarse; provocative; earthy.
    • 1962, William Henry Davenport, The Good Physician: A Treasury of Medicine:
      In the following piece she has some characteristically salty things to say about what happens when law and medicine meet.
    • 2010, R. Tripp Evans, Grant Wood: A Life, Knopf, →ISBN, page 201:
      (In characteristically salty fashion, Sara admits: “I was no doubt a horrible little bitch" at this age.)
    • 2021 June 24, Justin Driver, “A Cheerleader Lands an F on Snapchat, but a B+ in Court”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      The court might have been tempted to construe the First Amendment as too momentous — too consequential — to vindicate a disappointed teenager’s salty outburst after being cut from the varsity cheer squad.
    • 2023 February 17, Michelle Goldberg, “What Fox News Says When You’re Not Listening”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      Sometimes hosts are a little saltier when the cameras aren’t rolling, but I don’t recall ever hearing any daylight between the views they express on-air and off.
  4. (figuratively) Experienced, especially used to indicate a veteran of the naval services; salty dog (from salt of the sea).
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, London: Hodder and Stoughton, →ISBN:
      There's a sailor's tavern at the end of the street where I could find companionship if I chose (one catches salty boys going in and out at any hour) but only music matters to me now.
    • 2015 March 12, Bill Mann, “The film that makes me cry: Local Hero”, in The Guardian[3]:
      Plus bits of business involving a salty Russian seafarer and overflying warplanes.
  5. (slang) Irritated, annoyed, angry, bitter, bitchy.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow, Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, New York: Random House, page 61:
      Ray and Fuzzy were salty with our unhip no-playing piano player, because she broke time on the piano so bad that the strings yelled whoa to the hammers.
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life, Holloway House Publishing, page 162:
      I want to beg your pardon for making you salty that night.
    • 2004, J. Ransom, Colla'd Greens Fuh-ya Soul, →ISBN, page 39:
      Misery can make you blame everybody else for your salty attitude. You think people just don't get where you're coming from. How can so many people be so stupid, you think. Well, your misery is very likely self-inflicted.
    • 2021, SB Akshobhya, The Panipuri Crimes, Sristhi Publishers & Distributors, →ISBN:
      "I regret being salty and bitchy towards you most of the time. Yesterday's offence is unforgivable, but can you forgive me for the day-to-day bickering in the past?” “Would you even care? Especially if you had not been caught outright [] "
  6. (linguistics) Pertaining to the Sardinian language and those dialects of Catalan, spoken in the Balearic Islands and along the coast of Catalonia, that use definitive articles descended from the Latin ipse (self) instead of the Latin ille (that).

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Basic tastes in English (layout · text)
         
sweet sour salty bitter savory / umami

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