\ 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 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, "The Best Meal Delivery Services: Prepped Meals For Every Diet & Preference," 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, "Tomato paste is an umami-rich pantry powerhouse. Here’s how to use it in all sorts of dishes.," 24 Mar. 2021 The real star of this show is the color-correcting, brightening tint of this zesty eye cream that instantly makes dark circles seem way less apparent. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Eye Creams with Caffeine for De-Puffing Your Eye Bags and Busting Dark Circles," 23 Mar. 2021 Müller-Thurgau isn't too well-known outside of Europe, but this light and zesty varietal with floral aromas is quick to enchant drinkers. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap white wines," 21 Mar. 2021 In Plah Kah Pung Neung Manow, the fish is generously smothered with a zesty, sweet-sour chili-lime dressing. Katie Chang, Forbes, "From Koh Samui To Your Home: Essential Ingredients For Cooking Southern Thai Food," 17 Mar. 2021 The white grape of Campania blooms in this zesty, balanced white with hints of Meyer lemon, tart apple and white flowers. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, "Adventure In a Glass: All A-Boot Italian Wine," 12 Mar. 2021 Enjoy on its own or pair with seafood or zesty salads. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best cheap wines," 10 Mar. 2021 With help of his stylist, Erica Cloud, Levy chose a zesty yellow Valentino suit with a sequined top and metallic shoes to match. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Dan Levy Is Choosing “Clothes That Say Something” This Awards Season," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of zesty

1826, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Zesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zesty. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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