• vinegar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vinegar sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative
    • n vinegar dilute acetic acid
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A vinegar eel A vinegar eel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pearls melt in vinegar
    • Vinegar A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative, and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the like.
    • Vinegar Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically. "Here's the challenge: . . . I warrant there's vinegar and pepper in't."
    • v. t Vinegar To convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp. "Hoping that he hath vinegared his senses
      As he was bid."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors
    • n vinegar Dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by the acetous fermentation. In wine-countries it is obtained from the acetous fermentation of inferior wines, but elsewhere it is procured from an infusion of malt which has previously undergone the vinous fermentation, or from apple cider. Common and distilled vinegars are used in pharmacy for preparing many remedies, and externally in medicine, in the form of lotions. The use of vinegar as a condiment is universal. It is likewise the antiseptic ingredient in pickles.
    • n vinegar Anything really or metaphorically sour; sourness of temper. Also used attributively to signify sour or crabbed.
    • n vinegar In pharmacy, a solution of a medicinal substance in acetic acid, or vinegar; acetum.
    • vinegar To make into vinegar, or make sour like vinegar.
    • vinegar To apply vinegar to; pour vinegar over; also, to mix with vinegar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • n Vinegar vin′e-gar the form of acetic acid generally preferred for culinary purposes—made by the fermentation of vegetable substances, from malt, or from inferior wines: sourness of temper
    • v.t Vinegar to apply vinegar to
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist -- the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is like wine, the longer you take to enjoy it the more chance you've got of tasting vinegar.”
  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “Love matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”


Full of piss and vinegar - Someone who's full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
Vinegar tits - A mean spirited women lacking in love or compassion.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar - This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vinegre, F. vinaigre,; vin wine (L. vinum,) + aigre, sour. See Wine, and Eager (a.)


In literature:

Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar, a worthy couple, lived in a glass pickle-jar.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
Now cover, using a mixture of two parts vinegar and one part water.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Washing the teeth with vinegar when the brush is used has been recommended as a means of removing tartar.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Vinegar is also considered good for dark colors, using one-fourth cup of vinegar to one quart of water.
"Fowler's Household Helps" by A. L. Fowler
The bacon takes the place of oil, while the vinegar should be used with rather a heavy hand.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
Pour scalding hot into bottles, having the seeds completely covered with vinegar.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
I do not recommend vinegar partly because it is seldom pure, and one never can tell what combination of chemicals it contains.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
It felt like a large, hot, crisp baked potato; and my heart felt like a larger, cold-boiled beet soaked in vinegar.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Vinegar should be used for blues, one-half cup to one gallon of water.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Thus vinegar is made by the action of two different kinds of little living plants in the cider.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett

In poetry:

Bread, vinegar, and oil, and meat,
For savory viands season'd high;
But somewhat more important yet--
I tell thee what it cannot buy.
"From Menander " by William Cowper
O loving garden where I lay
When under the breasted tree
My son stood up behind my eyes
And groaned: Remember that the price
Is vinegar for me.
"Summer Song" by George Barker
They gave me vinegar mingled with gall,
But more with malice: yet, when they did call,
With manna, angel's food, I fed them all:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
As weeds are known to choke the rising grain —
As vinegar the sweetest milk will spoil —
As pitch, if touch'd, is apt thy clothes to stain —
So vicious converse will thy morals soil.
"Advice To Avoid Bad Company" by Rees Prichard
And it pushes me into certain corners, into some moist
into hospitals where the bones fly out the window,
into shoeshops that smell like vinegar,
and certain streets hideous as cracks in the skin.
"Walking Around" by Pablo Neruda
And to quench His thirst they gave Him vinegar and hyssop,
While the blood from His wounded brow copiously did drop,
Then He drank of it willingly, and bowed His head,
And in a few minutes the dear Saviour was dead.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Learn the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Here is why she was drinking apple cider vinegar.
If You're Thinking of Living In/Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn.
Commodore Park, between Navy street and Flushing ave Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn (Jacopo Quaranta).
In this riff on corn chowder , the Beekman boys toss corn, potatoes and bacon with cider vinegar.
Red or white wine vinegar., customers can taste-test everything in the store, including olive oils, liquors, wine and fruit vinegars.
Apple cider vinegar 2 tsp.
1 tsp apple cider vinegar.
Fill the pot with 2 inches of water, add white wine vinegar and bring to a boil.
Koepp to pore over 'Vinegar'.
Cookbook author Nancy Verde Barr created this winning combination of pork with prosciutto, arugula and balsamic vinegar.
1/2 cup red wine vinegar.
1/2 - 1 cup red wine vinegar.
Most marinades contain an acid such as vinegar, citrus juice, wine and herbs or spices.