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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-terd, wot-erd doun]
    • /ˈwɔ tərd, ˈwɒt ərd daʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-terd, wot-erd doun]
    • /ˈwɔ tərd, ˈwɒt ərd daʊn/

Definitions of watered-down word

  • adjective watered-down made weaker or less effective from or as from dilution with water: a watered-down cocktail; Spectators saw a watered-down version of the famous opera. 1
  • adjective watered-down If you describe something such as a proposal, speech, or statement as watered-down, you mean that it is weaker or less forceful than its original form. 0
  • adjective watered-down diluted; containing extra water. 0
  • adjective watered-down (Idiomatic) weakened or simplified. 0

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Origin of watered-down

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900

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Parts of speech for Watered-down


watered-down popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for watered-down

adj watered-down

  • aqueous — In chemistry, an aqueous solution or cream has water as its base.
  • characterless — If you describe something as characterless, you mean that it is dull and uninteresting.
  • in-effective — not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.
  • insipid — without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid: an insipid personality.

adjective watered-down

  • diminished — to make or cause to seem smaller, less, less important, etc.; lessen; reduce.
  • moderated — kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
  • nowhere — in or at no place; not anywhere: The missing pen was nowhere to be found.
  • washy — diluted too much; weak: washy coffee.
  • waterish — somewhat, or tending to be, watery.

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