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[vin-i-guh-ree] /ˈvɪn ɪ gə ri/
of the nature of or resembling vinegar; sour; acid:
a vinegary taste.
having a disagreeable character or manner; crabbed; ill-tempered:
a vinegary person.
Origin of vinegary
First recorded in 1720-30; vinegar + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's out of favour I am with the vinegary virgins over the way.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • "You seem to be alone in your opinion," said the Baron with his vinegary smile.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • There was one vinegary old maid to whom he applied who gave me a cold chill.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • Falk clasped a hand, hard as a beetle, and received a vinegary smile.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • The little girls actually point to me with furtive, vinegary glances, for they are more ingenuously hypocritical than women.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
  • "I think it's too horrible to think about," said the former, suddenly, and with a vinegary aspect of countenance.

    Six Girls Fannie Belle Irving
  • If she hadnt been a Willoughby, one would have said that the lady of vinegary aspect snorted.

  • His vinegary daughter Charity out of the way, Pecksniff began to persecute Mary more and more.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Furneaux, though suffering from a splitting headache, had recovered the use of a vinegary tongue.

  • With these words she took her partners arm and tripped along, with swaying hips and smiling a vinegary smile on all sides.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
British Dictionary definitions for vinegary


containing vinegar; tasting of or like vinegar
bad-tempered, sour, or peevish
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