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 tasted
“It tasted like a crow enchilada,” Morrissey said, as he literally ate his words.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning|Bill Schulz|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I ate the staple corn paste sadza every day and tasted fried mopane worms.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not only did it look like and have the texture of crude oil, it tasted like it had been recently drilled.
Cider has a long and storied history that can be tasted in the variety of options found throughout the world.
How much of that pain have you tasted, how much of that hurt have you swallowed?
Sometimes the coffee would come to the table a thin, amber fluid that tasted like particularly bad consommé.The Booming of Acre Hill|John Kendrick Bangs
She folded her napkin, saying: "You make the best biscuits I ever tasted, Hepsey."Lavender and Old Lace|Myrtle Reed
We gave them strong waters—they tasted the poison—they loved it—and lo!Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Athearn Jones
He put wine to my lips; I tasted it and revived; then I ate something he offered me, and was soon myself.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
A raw fish, cornered in the shallows and scooped out, furnished one of the best meals he had ever tasted.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
Word Origin for taste
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]
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.
see acquired taste; dose (taste) of one's own medicine; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; no accounting for tastes; poor taste.