vin·​e·​gary ˈvi-ni-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce vinegary (audio)
: resembling vinegar : sour
: flavored with vinegar
: disagreeable, bitter, or irascible in character or manner
two vinegary fellows bickering

Examples of vinegary in a Sentence

vinegary potato salad
Recent Examples on the Web Here, the Adriatic gives way to the Ionian and the Albanian Riviera starts its ascent to Corfu—a rocky shoreline of umbrella pines, shingled coves and sunlit bream-y waters, where locals speak an archaic Greek dialect and roll vine leaves into vinegary cigars. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Mar. 2023 Don’t forget to spoon the vinegary pan sauce on top before serving. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 Anybody who’s dressed a vinegary potato salad while the spuds are still warm knows what happened next: The broccoli, its cells open like pores during a steamy facial, absorbed the flavors of the dressing into every nook and cranny. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2024 So when the craving for vinegary rice and raw fish comes around like clockwork, the spendy devil on my shoulder trying to convince me to order takeout, supermarket sushi is my ever-reliable angel on the other. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 23 Mar. 2024 Serve the dish for breakfast or dinner, with vinegary red onions for crunch, plus your favorite hash toppings. Emily Weinstein, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 What Keith Lee ordered at Chicken Scratch in Indianapolis ATL Style (hot lemon pepper) wings Lee said the sauce was vinegary, describing it as mixture of hot sauces with a spicy kick. The Indianapolis Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Signs of spoilage can include sharp, vinegary smells and a curdled and clumpy appearance. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 12 Feb. 2024 Many Puerto Rican recipes for fish escabeche call for dredging the fish in flour and then pan frying it in olive oil before dousing it in a vinegary sauce. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinegary was circa 1730

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“Vinegary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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vin·​e·​gary ˈvin-i-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce vinegary (audio)
: resembling vinegar : sour

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