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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Big Easy Bucha kombucha from New Orleans currently available only at Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market (Louisa Chu / Chicago Tribune) Kombucha, at its best, tastes like sparkling sunshine; at its worst, like vinegary punishment. Louisa Chu,, "Big Easy Bucha's satsuma citrus kombucha, on draft," 26 Jan. 2018 Other eats Starting our meal was the verdure agro dulce ($13), a plate of yellow and purple cauliflower, romanesco, green beans, pine nuts and golden raisins sitting in a pool of a sweet vinegary sauce. Lauren Delgado,, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 Definitely bring a little bit of vinegary hot sauce (like Crystal or Tabasco) or even better, some pickled peppers (such as pepperoncinis) along with you. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 The slaw and onions deliver a vinegary punch that pushes through the initially savory and slightly spicy bite. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018 The dip tastes like a more vinegary sweet-and-sour sauce, according to the Mercury News. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Szechuan sauce returns: McDonald's re-launches sauce at locations nationwide after last fall's botched promo," 26 Feb. 2018 Place the container in a dark, room-temperature place, perhaps not right in the kitchen, as a certain vinegary aroma is associated with the process. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar," 19 July 2017 These 11 recipes include ideas that actually make a lot of sense, like salad dressings and sauces that take advantage of pickle juice's briny, vinegary nature. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Genius Ways to Use Leftover Pickle Juice," 10 May 2018 Sauce: Thin, sweet and vinegary, the barbecue sauce sharpens the mesquite’s aggressive edge. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: The Smokehouse," 23 Mar. 2018

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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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