\ ˈze-stē How to pronounce zesty (audio) \
zestier; zestiest

Definition of zesty

: having or characterized by zest : appealingly piquant or lively a zesty sauce zesty humor

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zestily \ ˈze-​stə-​lē How to pronounce zesty (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of zesty in a Sentence

bland pasta that needs a zesty sauce
Recent Examples on the Web The zesty curry sauce is my punctuation of choice for the fried fare, the restaurant’s top-selling dish. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 These include juniper, lime flower, orange peel, lavender and even some oats for mouthfeel, all of which combine into a floral and zesty spirit that works well in any drink. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Cuentos de la Selva, meanwhile, has a zesty bergamot and smoky benzoin aroma designed to evoke a sacred initiation ceremony in Mesopotamian culture. New York Times, 11 May 2021 Notes of ripe apple and lemon cream with zesty mineral edge make this a great sipper to enjoy for the entire event. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 5 May 2021 An almost equal blend of the three main grapes, this champagne is light and zesty with moderate fruitiness to make for an easy, delicious drink. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, 11 Apr. 2021 The notes for perfumer Mathieu Nardin’s ripe and juicy tribute to citrus read like a cocktail mixer, its combination of pomelo, tangerine, and bergamot appealingly zesty. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2021 For a case in point, Home Bistro offers this savory dish: Lemon-Caper Piccata Steak with Roasted Garlic Marble Potatoes and Tunisian Cauliflower Gratin with a zesty artichoke-lemon butter sauce. Erica Puisis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Jazz up your bagels with Fire Smish, a zesty cream cheese spread that employs tomato paste along with a bevy of chiles (serrano, jalapeño, habanero, poblano), chipotle en adobo and smoked paprika. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of zesty

1826, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2021

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“Zesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zesty. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of zesty

chiefly US
: having a strong, pleasant, and somewhat spicy flavor
: lively and pleasing : full of zest


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