- 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
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Examples from the Web for vinegary
"You seem to be alone in your opinion," said the Baron with his vinegary smile.
It's out of favour I am with the vinegary virgins over the way.
There was one vinegary old maid to whom he applied who gave me a cold chill.Step Lively!
Falk clasped a hand, hard as a beetle, and received a vinegary smile.The Red Room
The little girls actually point to me with furtive, vinegary glances, for they are more ingenuously hypocritical than women.Woman
- containing vinegar; tasting of or like vinegar
- bad-tempered, sour, or peevish
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