\ ˈtaŋ-ē How to pronounce tangy (audio) \
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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The roasting brings out the sprouts sweetness, as does the tangy-sweet pomegranate molasses. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One last, cheesy-good encore for brussels sprouts," 21 Mar. 2018 Cooling coconut and tangy yogurt cut right through the tropical haze. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Privacy - Terms Where the ones my mother made were airy and tangy, these are buttery, hearty and deep in flavor. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Easy pancakes make any morning special," 26 June 2018 Jaffa Cakes comprise a base of golden brown sponge, topped by tangy orange jelly, and a thin layer of dark chocolate. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018 Start with a cold dish, like the avocado and arugula salad, dressed with a roasted garlic chile dressing that is both tangy and sweet, and garnished with pickled red onions. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "11 vegetarian and vegan restaurants worth checking out," 29 Jan. 2018 Finally, spoon on the tangy apple-cider vinaigrette, and resist the urge to toss: The dressing will seep into some pockets and leave others untouched. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Winter’s Most Refreshing Salad," 12 Dec. 2018 These glossy trees constantly produce intensely scented flowers, which develop into small, round fruits that are too sour to eat raw but make delicious, tangy marmalade. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right on Your Porch," 24 July 2018 So get yourself some popsicle molds and make these delightfully sweet and tangy pops for your next summer cookout. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "These 2-Ingredient Kombucha Popsicles Will Make Your Summer," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tangy

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tangy was in 1875

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\ ˈtaŋ-ē How to pronounce tangy (audio) \
tangier; tangiest

Kids Definition of tangy

: having a sharp taste or smell tangy juice

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