- somewhat salty, as the water of some marshes near the sea
- having an unpleasant taste; nauseating
Origin of brackishearlier Scottish brack ; from Middle Dutch brak, salty (; from Indo-European an unverified form bhrogos ; from base an unverified form bher-, to cut from source brine) + -ish
- a. Being or containing water that is somewhat salty but less salty than sea water.b. Having a somewhat salty taste or smell: “You could cut the brackish winds with a knife / Here in Nantucket” (Robert Lowell).
- Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.
Origin of brackishFrom Dutch brak.
(comparative more brackish, superlative most brackish)