\ 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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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 The standout is the salami picante sandwich, a beautiful sub layered with spicy salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, and onions, and slathered with tangy olive tapenade and creamy sub sauce. Bon Appetit, "Gold Star Beer Counter," 2 July 2018 Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Chefs in those kitchens took care to balance crunch with creamy, tangy and savory. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "You don’t need romaine lettuce to make a great chopped salad | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Kansas City — This sauce is characterized by its thick consistency and contrasting sweet and tangy flavors born from a blend of molasses, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Kelly Vaughan, courant.com, "BBQ: A Summary Of Styles," 21 June 2018 The Bengali snacks from Jhal NYC are bright, tangy and made to order. New York Times, "Things to Do in New York: History, Funk and the Queens Night Market," 14 June 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 \
tangier; tangiest

Kids Definition of tangy

: having a sharp taste or smell tangy juice

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