vinegary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vinegary having a sour disposition; ill-tempered
    • adj vinegary tasting or smelling like vinegar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vinegary Having the nature of vinegar; sour; unamiable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vinegary Figuratively, sharp; sour-tempered.
    • vinegary Having the character of vinegar; hence, sour; crabbed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vinegary sour
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vinaigrevin (L. vinum, wine), aigre—L. acer, sour.

Usage

In literature:

A vinegary face has Mrs Miff, and a mortified bonnet, and eke a thirsty soul for sixpences and shillings.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
By the way, I think that the villagers recognised this good lady's vinegary nature.
"When the World Shook" by H. Rider Haggard
She called me Sarah Martha Ann the last time I made it, and she looked most vinegary.
"The Palace Beautiful" by L. T. Meade
Mrs. Biggs had not expected Ruby Ann to call, and her face wore a vinegary expression when she opened the door to her.
"The Cromptons" by Mary J. Holmes
They should have the characteristic refreshing odour of raw cacao, together with a faint vinegary odour.
"Cocoa and Chocolate" by Arthur W. Knapp
Grandma Ridge was more vinegary than ever these days over the household bills.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
But the bawd O'Kayo interposed her vinegary presence.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
It was astonishing what a sudden change came over her rather vinegary face as she recognized Max.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
He feels vinegary; his blood runs cold; he wishes he could immerse himself in bicarbonate of soda.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
She was a small, wiry, vigorous woman, and she had an expressive, if a vinegary, face.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Tell me, why does our baronial friend look so vinegary?
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
His vinegary daughter Charity out of the way, Pecksniff began to persecute Mary more and more.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Last, one gaunt, tall, vinegary, nondescript female.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
The oysters were eaten raw, flavoured with the vinegary milk of a young coco-nut.
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
Her lips parted in a vinegary smile as she read.
"The King of Diamonds" by Louis Tracy
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In news:

When most people think about beetroot in salads, they thing of big vinegary, crinkle-cut chunks from a jar and immediately say no.
But remember, beetroots are only vinegary when they're pickled.
The beer-battered Baja fish tacos come with a crunchy topping of curtido, a vinegary El Salvadoran coleslaw.
A good homemade pickle should be a bracing, vinegary slap to the jaw.
Because its satisfying crunchy texture and vibrant flavor are so superior to the vinegary stuff in a can.
Vinegary 'shrubs' are growing on people.
Nancy Leasman, who owns Leatherwood Vinegary with her husband, Ron, is also an accomplished author, artist and illustrator.
Goat Skewers with a Vinegary Herb Sauce.
Taste the sweet, sour, salty and vinegary blend.
Pairing Note "Pork and Riesling are two of my favorite things," wine educator Marnie Old said happily as she tasted a Riesling from Western Australia with pork chops in a vinegary, mustardy barbecue sauce.
Linton Hopkins calls this vinegary slaw a maceration salad, because it sits overnight to develop its superbly tangy flavor.
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