verb (used with object), tast·ed, tast·ing.
- to examine by touch; feel.
- to test or try.
verb (used without object), tast·ed, tast·ing.
Origin of taste
Synonyms for taste
Antonyms for taste
Related Words for tastearoma, aftertaste, touch, bite, bit, desire, heart, penchant, understanding, appetite, type, fondness, palate, style, perception, appreciation, elegance, culture, feeling, grace
Examples from the Web for taste
Contemporary Examples of taste
The taste of metal cutlery after years of plastic can also taste funny.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 23, 2014
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
And they also expect those products to remain affordable and taste great.The Science of Ingredient Innovation
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of taste
Even if you had the brains, you ain't got the taste nor the sperrit in you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But then, you are told that these objects are not in the style and taste of the people.
In this the Man of Taste is obviously following the reigning fashion.
Nil admirari is the motto of the Man of Taste in Building, where he is naturally at home.
There are then some of you who have a taste for such trifling.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for taste
late 13c., "to touch, to handle," from Old French taster "to taste" (13c.), earlier "to feel, touch" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tastare, apparently an alteration of taxtare, a frequentative form of Latin taxare "evaluate, handle" (see tax). Meaning "to take a little food or drink" is from c.1300; that of "to perceive by sense of taste" is recorded from mid-14c. Of substances, "to have a certain taste or flavor," it is attested from 1550s (replaced native smack (n.1) in this sense). For another PIE root in this sense, see gusto.
The Hindus recognized six principal varieties of taste with sixty-three possible mixtures ... the Greeks eight .... These included the four that are now regarded as fundamental, namely 'sweet,' 'bitter,' 'acid,' 'salt.' ... The others were 'pungent' (Gk. drimys, Skt. katuka-), 'astringent' (Gk. stryphnos, Skt. kasaya-), and, for the Greeks, 'rough, harsh' (austeros), 'oily, greasy' (liparos), with the occasional addition of 'winy' (oinodes). [Buck]
Taste buds is from 1879; also taste goblets.
c.1300, "act of tasting," from Old French tast (Modern French tât), from taster (see taste (v.)). Meaning "faculty or sense by which flavor of a thing is discerned" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "savor, sapidity, flavor" is from late 14c. Sense of "aesthetic judgment" is first attested 1670s (cf. French goût, German geschmack, Russian vkus, etc.).
Of all the five senses, 'taste' is the one most closely associated with fine discrimination, hence the familiar secondary uses of words for 'taste, good taste' with reference to aesthetic appreciation. [Buck]
see acquired taste; dose (taste) of one's own medicine; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; no accounting for tastes; poor taste.