Other forms: brinier; briniest

If something is briny, it's wet and salty, like seawater. You should probably rinse out your briny swimsuit and hang it to dry in the sun.

Salty ocean water is briny, and seafood often tastes a bit briny as well: "I love these briny oysters, but my brother can't stand them." Your brother may also like to keep his feet on the beach while you dive into the briny water. In the 17th century, briny was originally used to describe tears. The Old English root is bryne, "water saturated with salt."

Definitions of briny
  1. adjective
    slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
    “the briny deep”
    synonyms: brackish
    containing or filled with salt
  2. noun
    any very large body of (salt) water
    synonyms: main
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    type of:
    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
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