\ 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 zestily (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of zesty in a Sentence

bland pasta that needs a zesty sauce
Recent Examples on the Web For a zesty ale that will wash down those vibrant flavors, try Texas Ale Project’s Fire Ant Funeral Amber Ale or spicy Bruce Cost ginger ale. Dallas News, "Skip the reservation — have a seafood date night at home," 3 Feb. 2020 These zesty lemon drizzle cranberry cookies from Joy Filled Eats are the perfect palette cleanser after a heavy Christmas dinner. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "8 Keto Christmas Desserts That Will Make the Holiday Even Sweeter," 9 Dec. 2019 Orange Push-Up Pop: This pale ale features bright citrus and tropical fruit notes that are matched with a light malt body, finished with orange cream and rimmed with zesty orange sugar. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 Grilled Tofu with Ginger-Cilantro Sauce 4 servings Tofu soaks in this bright and zesty sauce, and picks up those impressive grill marks in minutes. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Seafarer effortlessly sliced through the Omega-3 oils while adding a bright, zesty note to this rich fish. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In historic first, San Diego's SouthNorte partners with Tijuana brewery," 21 June 2018 Plus, the jarred roasted red peppers give it a zesty restaurant-style kick! Lisa Lillien, PEOPLE.com, "Hungry Girl: Step Up Your Lunch Game with This Veggie-Packed Salad," 9 Apr. 2018 These petite potpies are adorable to look at and even better to eat, filled with a sweet and zesty combo of Anjou pears, raspberries, cinnamon and crystallized ginger with a buttery pie crust top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Little Pear-Raspberry Potpies," 13 Jan. 2010 Influenced also by French, Germans, Scots and native Americans, the rich, sometimes zesty cuisine in Acadiana can be described as a melting pot of flavors past and present. Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, "Made in Louisiana: Flavors of Lafayette and Cajun country," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of zesty

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zesty was in 1826

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19 Feb 2020

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“Zesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zesty. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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