vinegary

adjective vin·e·gary \ ˈvi-ni-g(ə-)rē \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of vinegary

1 a : resembling vinegar : sour
b : flavored with vinegar
2 : disagreeable, bitter, or irascible in character or manner
  • two vinegary fellows bickering

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First Known Use of vinegary

circa 1730

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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