\ ˈyē-stē How to pronounce yeasty (audio) , ˈē-stē \
yeastier; yeastiest

Definition of yeasty

1 : of, relating to, or resembling yeast a yeasty flavor
b : marked by change a yeasty period in history
c : full of vitality

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yeastiness \ ˈyē-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce yeasty (audio) , ˈē-​ \ noun

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The word yeast has existed in English for as long as the language has existed. Spellings have varied over time - in Middle English it was "yest" and in Old English "gist" or "geist" - but the word's meaning has remained basically the same for centuries. In its first documented English uses in the 1500s, the adjective "yeasty" described people or things with a yellowish or frothy appearance similar to the froth that forms on the top of fermented beverages (such as beers or ales). Since then, a number of extended, figurative senses of "yeasty" have surfaced, all of which play in some way or another on the excitable, chemical nature of fermentation, such as by connoting unsettled activity or significant change.

Examples of yeasty in a Sentence

The kitchen had a yeasty odor. the yeasty chatter at a cocktail party on New Year's Eve
Recent Examples on the Web Coriander, typically part of the recipe, subtly accentuates the yeasty spice. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, "Belgian witbiers, once forgotten, are popular summer sippers," 5 May 2021 The blend is pinot noir and chardonnay, and the result is a lively sparkler with fine bubbles and a little yeasty, toasty lees character from the bottle aging. Washington Post, "Usher in spring with this delightfully crisp sauvignon blanc that costs just $14," 19 Mar. 2021 The sparkling wines in particular have the customary nutty, yeasty flavors that accompany age, in some cases recalling mushrooms and soy. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Point Reyes is not a wine destination. This vintner says climate change could make it one," 12 Feb. 2021 Soft and chewy on the inside with just a touch of yeasty flavor. Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland, "It’s National Bagel Day! We tasted and ranked every flavor at Cleveland Bagel Company," 15 Jan. 2021 Blended from chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinot nero (the Italian name for pinot noir), this lovely, lively sparkler bursts with red currant and apricot flavors, plus some toasty yeasty notes. Washington Post, "This $11 Bordeaux begs for pizza or burgers and will put a smile on your face," 18 Dec. 2020 The turn of the 19th century was a yeasty period in musical styles, as classicism expanded its expressive range. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Bach Society ventures beyond baroque, to Beethoven," 16 Nov. 2020 Olga and Vadim Berdyayev’s breezy courtyard on the outskirts of Anapa was suffused on a recent afternoon with the rich, yeasty scent of fermenting grapes. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "In Russia’s Idyllic Wine Country, Dark Tales of Dreams Dashed," 1 Nov. 2020 While there is some variation with normal vaginal odor, smells that are a tip-off that something is wrong can generally be divided into three camps: fishy odors, zoo-like smells, and yeasty scents. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Reasons Your Vagina Smells a Little…Off," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of yeasty

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Yeasty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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: full of or resembling yeast

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