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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Examples of vinegary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vinegary liquid contains antioxidants and vitamins C and E. In addition, the vinegar found in pickle juice can help lower blood sugar levels and relieve stomach aches. Fermented pickles that soak up the brine have health benefits, too. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Pickle juice is a big dill for athletes. Here’s why they’re chugging it," 3 Dec. 2019 But heat is the only good thing about this thin, vinegary sauce. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best hot sauces and the not-so-hot ones," 6 Aug. 2019 The end result is a slightly spicy-sweet and ultra vinegary glaze that will cut through the fatty, starchy, umami-ness of everything else on your overstuffed Thanksgiving plate. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "Silky Leeks With Not One But TWO Sauces Are My Thanksgiving Wild Card," 7 Nov. 2019 Likewise, Propionibacterium metabolize amino acids to produce an acrid odor, funky and vinegary. Paul Vanouse, The Conversation, "An artist’s journey into the science of sweat," 12 Sep. 2019 These have crunch for days and the kind of vinegary bite that’s made to cut through a fatty hamburger or rack of ribs. Paul Stephen,, "Pickles and beer combine for a totally South Texas taste treat," 23 Oct. 2019 Savor it on its own, and then start swiping vinegary carrots and peppers and tiny, halved cucamelons through the tangy creaminess, which is riddled with sweet-sharp alliums, echoing the soft crunch of the dipping vegetables. Los Angeles Times, "Rustic Canyon’s Jeremy Fox opened Santa Monica’s hottest restaurant of the year," 3 Oct. 2019 The rice was ever-so-slightly translucent, with each grain distinct and with a light vinegary flavor and hint of sweetness. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Unrushed rice is key to success with homemade sushi," 6 Aug. 2019 This has good heat, but the salt level in this vinegary sauce sears the tongue. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best hot sauces and the not-so-hot ones," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of vinegary

circa 1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vinegary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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