AskDefine | Define vinegary

Dictionary Definition

vinegary adj : tasting like vinegar [syn: acetose, acetous]

User Contributed Dictionary



vinegar + -y


  1. sour, like vinegar
    When Martha reopened the bottle of wine from the previous week's party, a vinegary whiff indicated that drinking it was out of the question.
  2. acerbic, bitter
    Edward's maiden aunt was a vinegary old soul with a sharp tongue and quick temper; she would not be receiving a wedding invitation.
  3. of a liquid, having turned partially or fully to vinegar.


Derived terms


sour like vinegar
  • Finnish: etikkainen
figurative: acerbic, bitter
  • Finnish: hapan, kitkerä
having turned partially or fully to vinegar
  • Finnish: etikoitunut
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