vin·​e·​gary | \ ˈvi-ni-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce vinegary (audio) \

Definition of vinegary

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

Examples of vinegary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As if reacting to the vinegary flavor of Gen X culture, those ’90s films all have a sweetness to them that is also a fantasy of naïveté. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 That sticky, sweet and vinegary condiment is credited to an almost certainly fictional 19th-century British Army officer and has become the most popular form of chutney in the U.S. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Oct. 2021 Those of us raised on this type of mountain fare intuitively used the spicy, vinegary, peppery, sweet, and acidic condiments to finesse each forkful, doctoring our plates to our liking in endless combinations of texture and flavor. Sheri Castle, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 Next time a bottle of wine turns stale or vinegary, don’t dump it. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2021 The vegetables are tangy and vinegary with a fiery kick. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2021 Poppy has released its Summer BBQ Series celebrating three regional styles of American barbecue— including a tangy vinegary Carolina barbecue popcorn. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The sauce's tangy qualities could divide Denverites who were not raised on a tradition of vinegary barbecue. Tim Carman, Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 The sauce’s tangy qualities could divide Denverites who were not raised on a tradition of vinegary barbecue. Washington Post, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of vinegary

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Dec 2021

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“Vinegary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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