\ 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

Other Words from yeasty

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 giest—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 Then there’s beer spilled by the person behind you, which adds unexpected yeasty barley notes and helps the dry bun go down easy. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 19 Feb. 2022 This pale yellow junmai (made only with rice, water, koji, and yeast; crafted with rice grains milled to 70 percent of their original size) offers soft, yeasty aromas reminiscent of milk bread and Botan rice candy. Ellen Bhang,, 3 May 2022 For the mom who prefers red wine, consider Alfred Gratien (SRP: $70) —its lovely yeasty nose gives way to an intense bright raspberry palate, a firm structure and a round finish. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 2 May 2022 It’s most similar to makgeolli — viscous, with a yeasty flavor in its basic form. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 The tasting note described it as: A distinctive yeasty aroma on the nose with green and stone fruit notes and a core of minerality with a bright brisk acidity. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Other than spending hundreds of millions in yeasty Seidler dough, what has Preller accomplished? Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 His bottles have the perfect amber color and eau-de-bakery yeasty aroma of a true champagne-method wine. Valerie Stivers + Hank Zona, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 The base is soft and pillowy, serving as complement and contrast to the gooey four-cheese blend contained within its yeasty walls. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of yeasty

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Yeasty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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