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

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Recent Examples on the Web Simply put, vegetables are prepped, put in clean jars, covered in a salty-vinegary brine, and left to soak in the fridge. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "Name a Better Time to Make (Quick!) Pickles at Home," 10 Sep. 2020 Rinse the pot, then perform two brew cycles with just water to get rid of any lingering vinegary taste. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, "How to Clean Your Coffee Maker to Make Your Brew Taste Even Better," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s usually dominated by ammonia and amines, along with vinegary and cheesy acids. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020 Among the options are good and vinegary Buffalo-style (made with blue-cheese dip in mind) and sweet, almost maple-y barbecue wings. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Craving: Chicago’s best wings — for football watching and election results obsessing," 2 Nov. 2020 Sharp, slightly vinegary formic acid is the one-carbon volatile acid, a chemical weapon found in ants and other insects but turned against them by the anteater, which relies on it to help digest them. Harold Mcgee, WSJ, "What Does Outer Space Smell Like?," 24 Oct. 2020 Thin slices of creamy red potatoes were tossed in a vinegary dressing studded generously with buttery, smoky bacon. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants and breweries have everything you need to throw your own private Oktoberfest," 16 Oct. 2020 Some produce more lactic acid, which gives a yogurty flavor; others yield a sharper, more vinegary note from lots of acetic acid. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Scientific Secrets Behind Making Great Sourdough Bread," 18 Aug. 2020 The brick-red condiment does pack heat, but its vinegary flavors and pepper notes are harsh and unbalanced. Washington Post, "The chicken sandwich wars aren’t over: Wendy’s has a new option, and McDonald’s is about to get in," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of vinegary

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of vinegary was circa 1730

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9 Jan 2021

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“Vinegary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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