flavours and tastes


salty [adjective]

tasting of salt

US /ˈsɑːl.t̬i/ 
UK /ˈsɒl.ti/ 



This bacon is too salty for me.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


salty /ˈsɔːlti $ ˈsɒːlti/ BrE AmE adjective
1. tasting of or containing salt:
a slightly salty taste
salty foods
2. American English old-fashioned language, a story, or a joke that is salty is amusing and often about sex
• • •
■ describing the taste of something
delicious having a very good taste: This cake is delicious! | a delicious meal
disgusting/revolting having a very bad taste: The medicine tasted disgusting. | They had to eat revolting things, like fish eyes.
sweet tasting full of sugar: The oranges were very sweet.
tasty especially spoken tasting good and with plenty of flavour: She cooked us a simple but tasty meal. | That was really tasty!
sour/tart having a taste that stings your tongue slightly, like lemon does – used especially when this is rather unpleasant: The apples were a little sour. | The wine has rather a tart taste, which not everyone will like.
tangy having a taste that stings your tongue slightly, like lemon does, in a way that seems good: The dressing was nice and tangy.
bitter having a strong taste which is not sweet and is sometimes rather unpleasant – used for example about black coffee, or chocolate without sugar: bitter chocolate | The medicine had rather a bitter taste. | Hops give beer its distinctive bitter taste.
salty containing a lot of salt: Danish salami has a salty flavour.
hot/spicy having a burning taste because it contains strong spices: I love hot curries. | a spicy tomato sauce
piquant /ˈpiːkənt/ formal a little spicy – used especially by people who write about food. This word can sound rather ↑pretentious in everyday conversation: cooked vegetables in a piquant sauce
mild not having a strong or hot taste – usually used about foods that can sometimes be spicy: a mild curry
bland not having an interesting taste: I found the sauce rather bland.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


salty [salty saltier saltiest]   [ˈsɔːlti]    [ˈsɒlti]    [ˈsɔːlti]  adjective (salt·ier, salti·est)
1. containing or tasting of salt
salty food
• salty sea air

compare  sweet

2. (old-fashioned) (of language or humour) amusing and sometimes slightly rude
She has a salty sense of humour.
Derived Word: saltiness  
Example Bank:

• It tasted slightly salty.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition

salty / ˈsɒl.ti /   / ˈsɑːl.t̬i / adjective

B2 tasting of salt:

This bacon is too salty for me.


saltiness / -nəs / noun [ U ]

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Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 saltier, saltiest

 Something that is salty contains salt or tastes of salt.
  ...salty foods such as ham and bacon.
  ...a cool salty sea breeze.
  Derived words:
  saltiness N-UNCOUNT The saltiness of the cheese is balanced by the sweetness of the red peppers.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


salty /ˈsɑːlti/ adj salt·i·er; -est [also more ~; most ~]
1 : containing salt or too much salt
salty foods
• a salty lake
• I think the soup tastes salty.
2 US old-fashioned : somewhat rude or shocking
salty language/talk
- salt·i·ness /ˈsɑːltinəs/ noun [noncount]
• the saltiness of tears

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