salty

Potato chips and sea captains are salty. Salty can mean literally covered in salt like those delicious chips, or just crotchety, like a foul-mouthed skipper.

You can't drink sea water because it's so salty — but it may be hard for you to eat certain foods when they're not salty enough. Colloquially, you can use this adjective to mean "down-to-earth," "aggressive," or "exciting." So for example you could describe a movie pirate who's tough and blunt-spoken as salty. The "exciting or provocative" meaning dates from the 1860s, from the sense of "giving life or strong flavor."

Primary Meanings of salty

1.
adj
containing or filled with salt
2.
adj
engagingly stimulating or provocative
Full Definitions of salty
1

adj containing or filled with salt

Synonyms:
brackish, briny
slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
saliferous
containing or yielding salt
saline
containing salt
saltish
somewhat salty
tasty
pleasing to the sense of taste
Antonyms:
fresh, sweet
not containing or composed of salt water

adj one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water

Synonyms:
tasty
pleasing to the sense of taste
2

adj engagingly stimulating or provocative

salty language”
Synonyms:
piquant
stimulating
rousing or quickening activity or the senses

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