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adjective, tang·i·er, tang·i·est.
  1. having a tang.
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Origin of tangy

First recorded in 1870–75; tang1 + -y1
Related formstang·i·ness, noun
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adjective tangier or tangiest
  1. having a pungent, fresh, or briny flavour or aromaa tangy sea breeze
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Word Origin and History for tangy


1875, from tang + -y (2). Figurative use by 1948. Related: Tanginess.

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