having the flavor or pungence of ginger; spicy: gingery cookies.
piquant; sharp and lively: gingery humor.
of the color of ginger.

Origin of gingery

First recorded in 1850–55; ginger + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gingery

Historical Examples of gingery

  • She seemed then to be living with a tinsmith, and her colour was a gingery white.

  • Joses laughed and spread himself, throwing back his gingery curls.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • Yellow as a guinea, with gingery hair, yellow eyes, and no figure to save her.

  • The donkeyman, a dapper little chap with a dazzling fair skin and a tiny, gingery moustache, worked in a sort of mute transport.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He was a short, gingery, active man with a nose and chin of the Punch type, and whom his shipmates called "Frenchy."

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for gingery



like or tasting of ginger
of or like the colour ginger
full of vigour; high-spirited
pointed; bitinga gingery remark
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