\ˈze-stē \
zestier; zestiest

Definition of zesty 

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

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Other Words from zesty

zestily \ˈze-​stə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for zesty


pert, piquant, poignant, pungent, salty, savory (also savoury), zingy


insipid, zestless

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Examples of zesty in a Sentence

bland pasta that needs a zesty sauce

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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 At Bocado, it is mingled with gin, Suze, cucumber, rosemary and lime for a clean and zesty sipper fit for a Viking. AJC.com, "10 ‘evergreen’ cocktails from Atlanta bars to spruce up winter drinking," 21 Jan. 2018 Skeptics can warm up to the mildly zesty Sriracha shrimp presented on tortilla strips and agreeable chicken tacos, the filling tucked into its wonton shells with a light slaw. Tom Sietsema, chicagotribune.com, "America's top 10 chain restaurants ranked," 13 Dec. 2017 Warm Salad: Top cooked squash with a zesty lemon-Dijon, cranberry or orange-pomegranate vinaigrette, thinly sliced red onion, pomegranate arils, toasted walnuts and crumbled feta cheese. 3. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spaghetti squash: It’s like pasta, only healthier," 23 Oct. 2017 The Kung Pao Lettuce Wraps ($5) are a flavorful mix of ground chicken, peppers, carrots, scallions and cabbage - moist without being messy, with a zesty taste thanks to the nuts, scallions and sesame-ginger sauce. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Happy Hour: Fast Eddie's in Parma rolls out eclectic drinks, menu (photos)," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of zesty

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zesty was in 1868

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English Language Learners Definition of zesty

: having a strong, pleasant, and somewhat spicy flavor

: lively and pleasing : full of zest

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