\ 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 yeastiness (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 The biographer is not here to speak for himself, but one can surmise his attraction to a narrative arc that builds slowly to the peak — that is, to Edison’s yeastiest years of invention in the 1870s and 1880s. Washington Post, "Thomas Edison’s brilliant life, told in reverse," 27 Nov. 2019 Straw-colored, with a slightly yeasty meadow-fresh aroma, the mead is bone dry with hints of citrus and vanilla. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "From ‘Suite Life’ to the Brew of Kings," 19 June 2018 Its blend of the three key grapes is aged long to deliver a wine that is bone-dry and whose tart, snappy apple flavors merge seamlessly with the heady yeasty scent of rising bread dough. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Argyle 'Vintage Brut' sparkling wine," 9 Apr. 2018 The Little Friend is a worthy Saison imitator, sweet, yeasty and super drinkable, with a bit of a peppery finish. Adam Lukach,, "Drink this! Rotating low-ABV beers at Mousetrap taproom," 2 Mar. 2018 Both Gallego and MacIsaac offer tricks for home cooks that can help get those yeasty darlings fried just right. * Kristen Hartke, sacbee, "You can make the best doughnuts you'll ever eat. Here's how.," 30 May 2017 Both Gallego and MacIsaac offer tricks for home cooks that can help get those yeasty darlings fried just right. Kristen Hartke,, "You can make the best doughnuts you'll ever eat. Here's how.," 30 May 2017 For now it’s still alive, making yeasty little burps in the back of my fridge. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Secret That Brings These Pancakes to Life," 16 Mar. 2017 After the silk protein is separated from the sugary, yeasty water in Bolt’s fermentation tanks, it is purified into a powder. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "In the Future, We’ll All Wear Spider Silk," 12 Mar. 2017

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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 Jul. 2020.

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: full of or resembling yeast

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