1. (US) irritated, annoyed, feeling sour, supercilious.
|Arrowsmith 132: He lay and thought about research with salty self-defensive scorn.|
|‘Hectic Harlem’ in N.Y. Amsterdam News 8 Feb, sect. 2: SALTY. – Sarcastic, supercilious, highbrow, as ‘Don’t jump salty.’.|
|Hi De Ho 16: salty: angry, ill-tempered.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 251: All the good I done was to get Frankie salty back at me.|
|Rap Sheet 202: It made the prison officers pretty salty, on account of they had built up the story about the rip tides so much.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn 13: When his hair was once more in place it was mussed again and he got salty as hell.|
|Ghetto Sketches 38: I’m gon’ do better, Daddy [...] and then you won’t have no reason to be salty at me.|
|Drylongso 62: His so-called brother in Christ was stone salty when I laid that on him.|
|Campus Sl. Mar.|
|Tuff 37: You ain’t got nothing to be salty about — Ms. Nomura like my auntie.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011.(ed.)|
|usatoday.com 3 Apr. 🌐 [headline] Kristaps Porzingis was so salty after losing to a teammate in FIFA.|
|Times Times2 3 June 3/1: Love Island: a handy glossary Salty Bitter or angry.|
2. (US, also salty-ass) tough, aggressive, used of a veteran of a particular environment, e.g. a prison; also adv.
|Racket Act I: Well, we’re still salty here.|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 90: I remember that the nurses at the Sixth General Hospital were plumper and saltier than most ANC’s.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 291: He was trying out his Marine lingo, to show us how salty he was.|
|‘Razor Fight’ in Southern (1973) 27: So he say, salty-like, he say: ‘What’s the matter with you, boy’.|
|Carlito’s Way 22: I always had my own table with my own crew [...] salty motherfuckers all.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 17: Saltiest suckers in the world, those stewards could teach a Paris waiter how to fuck with people. [Ibid.] 28: He is a civilized, macho, salty-ass Marine. John Wayne couldn’t have played it better.|
|Pugilist at Rest 7: The recruits were also getting pretty ‘salty’.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 156: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Celly. Salty. Polly. Gully.|
|🎵 Bitch stop moving salty.‘No Porkies’|
|What They Was 143: He’s moving salty coz he’s with the newbies.|
3. (US teen) a general pej., unpleasant, uncouth, crude; of language, obscene; of place. louche, racy.
|Reporter 65: His eyes shone with a salty earnestness whenever he got on any such subject [i.e. sex].|
|Your Broadway & Mine 3 Jan. [synd. col.] It reveals the tags of the celebrated he guided around the town’s saltier places.|
|On Broadway 29 Mar. [synd. col.] An almost street brawl didn’t come off [...] Saturdawn when Playwright Charles McArthur and Ted Husing swapped some salty sass.|
|L.A. Times 23 Mar. B14: Enlisted slang is rather salty.|
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 345: You’re pretty goddam salty, ain’t you?|
|Doom Pussy 58: Salty language has been practiced since the beginning of warfare.|
|Fields of Fire (1980) 228: They’re pretty damn good. A little salty, maybe.|
|Da Bomb 🌐 24: Salty: Negative attitude.|
|(con. 1960s-70s) Top Fellas 29/1: Dishing out thirty pound fines for the use of salty language.|
|I, Fatty 36: Pansy’d done some salty entertaining in her day.|
4. of a garment, well-worn, ‘lived-in’.
|Paco’s Story (1987) 188: [He] slips on a dark T-shirt and a pair of cutoff dungarees (scrubbed to death and plenty salty-looking).|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Salty (adj.) [...] 2. Messed up; not right.|
5. pertaining to the sea.
|Man-Eating Typewriter 482: ‘He has a fondness for salty shirt-liftering sea-queens, does he?’.|
1. something or someone very exceptional.
|‘Don’t Love A-Nobody’ in Rainbow in Morning (1965) 163: My baby’s a salty dog.|
|Walls Of Jericho 206: ‘Well, what do y’ know ’bout that?’ ‘Ain’t this a dog?’ ‘Salty dog, I mean.’.|
|[song title] New Salty Dog.|
2. one who uses an excess of obscene language.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
3. a veteran, an exprienced individual.
|(con. 1972) Circle of Six 225: We were lucky that we were all salty dogs on the stand [and] had stood before this judge many times.|