- slightly sour.
- sharp; caustic: his acidulous criticism of the book.
- moderately acid or tart; subacid.
Origin of acidulous
Related Words for acidulousacerbic, dry, piquant, sharp, tart, acerb, biting, cutting, mocking, sarcastic, ironical
Examples from the Web for acidulous
Historical Examples of acidulous
She is an acidulous maiden person with ultra-ritualistic tendencies.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She might marry or might miss, or grow into an acidulous red-headed woman.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Sudden, thunderous outpourings of acidulous and gluey fluid.After the Rain
Fragrant; golden yellow; tastes oily, acidulous, and resinous.
The product is yellowish and acidulous, from the presence of acetic acid.
- rather sour
- sharp or sour in speech, manner, etc; acid
Word Origin for acidulous
1769, "sub-acidic," used figuratively for "sour-tempered;" from Latin acidulus "slightly sour," a diminutive of acidus (see acid (adj.)).
- Slightly acid or sour.