What Does SALTY Mean?

SALTY means Upset or Bitter in an online gaming context.

If someone dies a lot, is disrespected by other players, or has some other reason (usually a small reason) to feel aggrieved, then they are often described as SALTY.

If is probable that SALTY derives from the act of crying salty tears. However, it has long been a term used by members of the Navy to mean jaded or bitter, which is a fairly good fit for how the word is used in a gaming context.

In a maritime context, the term derives from someone who has been at sea for a long time (e.g., salty seadog). There is a connotation that the person has been passed over for promotion, giving rise to the idea of jaded or bitter. Players who are SALTY can quickly become TOXIC (i.e., develop a bad attitude).

Summary of Key Points

"Upset or Bitter" is the most common definition for SALTY on online gaming forums.
Definition:Upset or Bitter
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of SALTY in Sentences

Here is an example of SALTY being used in an online conversation:
  • Jack: Why do I always have to go through the death passage first? My KDR (Kill-to-Death Ratio) is taking a hammering.
  • Jason: Hey, don't get SALTY, Jack. We all take our turns.

Example of SALTY Used in a Text

Using SALTY on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, or Snapchat)


See Also

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