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adj. tear·i·er, tear·i·est
a. Filled or wet with tears: teary eyes.
b. Of or resembling tears.
2. Causing weeping: a teary movie; a teary goodbye.
3. Inclined to weep: He becomes teary when he reminisces.

tear′i·ly adv.
tear′i·ness n.
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adj, tearier or teariest
1. characterized by, covered with, or secreting tears
2. (Physiology) given to weeping; tearful
ˈtearily adv
ˈteariness n
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(ˈtɪər i)

adj. tear•i•er, tear•i•est.
1. tearful: a teary farewell.
2. of or like tears.
tear′i•ly, adv.
tear′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.teary - with eyes full of tearsteary - with eyes full of tears    
tearful - filled with or marked by tears; "tearful eyes"; "tearful entreaties"
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Filled with or shedding tears:
Idiom: in tears.
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His mother listened, spoke soothingly to him and in a whisper promised him something that made him give her a quick, teary smile.
It was a teary affair as he was thrown into the wilderness of the Australian outback for a year.
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'I don't care anymore..anytime I can die,' a teary Kiprono said.
A poem written by the deceased also recited on the occasion leaving participants with teary eyes.
BY TREVOR QUINN A MIXTURE of excitement and a few teary goodbyes marked the first day at school for thousands of children yesterday.
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A popular YouTube personality's teary revelations of sexual humiliation have gone viral.
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Tiwa, who said Wizkid's message got her teary replied with, 'Boy, you already know how emotional I get so this is just making me teary.
"I'm not a teary sort of guy but it means a hell of a lot," Burrow said.
Jaden "had me a little teary as I witnessed the next generations (sic) global agents of change!" (http://http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2016/10/26/Will-Smith-says-he-was-teary-as-son-Jaden-actress-Shailene-Woodley-were-honored-for-activism/6241477500916/) Will Smith wrote on Facebook.