\ˈtaŋ-ē \
tangier; tangiest

Definition of tangy 

: having or suggestive of a tang

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tangy


nippy, pungent, sharp, strong


bland, mild, smooth

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Examples of tangy in a Sentence

a tangy sauce with a strong aftertaste

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This inspired dish takes tradition one step further by replacing the butter with a dip made of zesty horseradish, tangy buttermilk, and fresh green herbs. Virginia Willis, Country Living, "Sliced Radishes with Horseradish-Buttermilk Dip," 21 Apr. 2011 One is dressed with butter and soy sauce and tossed with pieces of sea urchin; another is sweet and simple, tangy with ketchup. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 The classic salad ensemble — grape-sized red, green, and yellow tomato-halves in tangy balsamic vinaigrette paired with creamy burrata on toasted sourdough croutons, garlicky basil pesto, and micro-greens — could do no wrong. Naomi Kooker, BostonGlobe.com, "A seamless transition from Blue Stove to Bazille," 4 May 2018 Richter Graacher Dompropst Riesling Alte Reben Mosel, $25 With a lovely floral nose and a fairly full body, this Riesling from the ripe 2015 vintage finishes tangy and off dry. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Pro Move? Order the German Riesling," 5 July 2018 Topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting, this citrusy cake is the perfect balance between tangy and sweet. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Duke's Lemon Drop Sheet Cake," 11 May 2017 The strawberry-rhubarb filling was tangy and not too sweet. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: My Favorites from the Last Year," 25 June 2012 This traditional method sparkler offers notes of bread crust, pear, anise, tangy citrus and a clean finish with 11.5 percent alcohol. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 The contrast of tangy fresh cheese and buttery olive oil, scented with herbs and spices is a contrast everyone loves. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Need an easy slam-dunk for a potluck? Try marinated cheese," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of tangy

1875, in the meaning defined above

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\ˈtaŋ-ē \
tangier; tangiest

Kids Definition of tangy

: having a sharp taste or smell tangy juice

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