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brackish

adjective

  1. (unpalatable)  distasteful and unpleasant; spoiled by mixture
    Similar to: unpalatable
  2. (salty)  slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
    Synonyms: briny. Similar to: salty

Etymology summary

earlier Scottish brack from Middle Dutch brak, salty ( from Indo-European...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Brackish water | briny water

water that has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater. It may result from mixing of seawater with fresh water, as in estuaries, or it may occur in brackish fossil aquifers. The word comes from the Middle Dutch root "brak," meaning ... (45 of 1588 words, 2 images)

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New World Dictionary:

brackish | brackishness [noun, related]

somewhat salty, as the water of some marshes near the sea | having an unpleasant taste; nauseating (16 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

brackish [water] | brackishness [noun, derived]

slightly briny or salty (4 of 430 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brackish

Merriam-Webster:

brackish | repulsive [synonym, sense-specific] | distasteful [synonym, sense-specific] | unappetizing [synonym, sense-specific] | unpalatable [synonym, sense-specific] | unsavory [synonym, sense-specific] | yucky [synonym, sense-specific] | appetizing [antonym, sense-specific] | delectable [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

somewhat salty | not appealing to the taste ; "repulsive" (9 of 137 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/brackish

Oxford Dictionary:

brackish | brackishness [derived]

[water] slightly salty, as in river estuaries | (of fish or other organisms) living in or requiring brackish water. (18 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/brackish

Wiktionary:

brackish | brak [South African] | Distasteful [synonym, sense-specific] | Repulsive [synonym, sense-specific] | unpleasant [synonym, sense-specific]

[water] Salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries. | Distasteful; unpleasant; not appealing to the taste. | Repulsive (27 of 62 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/brackish

American Heritage Dictionary:

brackish | brackishness [noun, related]

Having a somewhat salty taste, especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water | Distasteful; unpalatable (17 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

brackish

brackish water has a slight taste of salt and is therefore not pure (13 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/brackish

Random House Dictionary:

brackish

slightly salt; having a salty or briny flavor. | distasteful; unpleasant. (10 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/brackish

Cambridge Dictionary:

brackish

Brackish water is salty, dirty and unpleasant. (7 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/brackish

Encarta Dictionary:

brackish

somewhat salty, especially from being a mixture of fresh and salt water (12 of 29 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592314​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

brackish

Origin: earlier Scottish brack from Middle Dutch brak, salty ( from Indo-European *bhrogos from base *bher-, to cut derives "brine") + "-ish"

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Oxford Dictionary:

brackish

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: obsolete brack "salty", from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch brac

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/brackish

Merriam-Webster:

brackish

First use: 1538

Origin: Dutch brac salty; akin to Middle Low German brac salty

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/brackish

Collins Dictionary:

brackish [water]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Middle Dutch brac salty; see -ish

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brackish

Wiktionary:

brackish

Origin: the now obsolete brack + -ish, from Middle Dutch brac.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/brackish

Online Etymology:

brackish

First use: 1530s

Origin: Scottish brack "salty" + "-ish".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=brackish

American Heritage Dictionary:

brackish

Origin: From Dutch brak.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/brackish

Encarta Dictionary:

brackish

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Dutch brak "salty water"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592314​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

brackish [water]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "brackish"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/brackish

Macmillan British Dictionary:

brackish

Audio: British English pronunciation of "brackish"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/brackish

Macmillan American Dictionary:

brackish

Audio: North American pronunciation of "brackish"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/brackish

Cambridge Dictionary:

brackish

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "brackish"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "brackish"

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the Free Dictionary:

brackish

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "brackish"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "brackish"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "brackish" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

brackish

Audio: English pronunciation of "brackish"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

brackish

Audio: North American pronunciation of "brackish"

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YourDictionary Audio:

brackish

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "brackish" by speech synthesizer

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