ˈyē-stē How to pronounce yeasty (audio)
yeastier; yeastiest
: of, relating to, or resembling yeast
a yeasty flavor
: marked by change
a yeasty period in history
: full of vitality
yeastiness 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 The non-stick kneading dough hook saves precious time (and arm-ache), and the convenient viewing window allows users to watch their yeasty confection rise. Topher Gauk-Roger, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 This could perhaps lead to a more yeasty, rather than fizzy kombucha. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2015 Scattering is why gummy bears glow under bright light, why milk is opaque and why yeasty beer is hazy. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2022 Aficionados can distinguish between a Prosecco and, say, yeasty expensive Champagnes. Marc Bona, cleveland, 19 Dec. 2022 It was bottled at barrel proof of 51.1 percent ABV and has notes of apricot, citrus, honey, some yeasty dough and oak on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2022 As Klaus and Rudi noted, yeasty flavors become more elegant and cleaner after 5 to 30 minutes. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Anything that goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle, like Champagne or Cava, will have bready, yeasty complexity on the finish. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 1 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yeasty was in 1598


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“Yeasty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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