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.
- tasso, torquato,
- taste bud,
- taste buds,
- taste cell,
- taste hair,
Origin of taste
Examples from the Web for 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|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.
And they also expect those products to remain affordable and taste great.
He was an elector, and had a taste for music and literature.Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
But Chesterton's taste for bigness has come to his service in criticism.G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study|Julius West
Oi said Oi had cooked the baste joost roight, an' Oi saw nathin wrong wid the taste av it.Witty Pieces by Witty People|Various
The taste was at its height about 1710, and continued for many years.
The leisure of two other days, might be devoted to intellectual improvement, and the pursuits of taste.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
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.