[ vin-i-ger ]
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  1. a sour liquid consisting of dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by acetous fermentation from wine, cider, beer, ale, or the like: used as a condiment, preservative, etc.

  2. Pharmacology. a solution of a medicinal substance in dilute acetic acid, or vinegar.

  1. sour or irritable speech, manner, or countenance: a note of vinegar in his voice.

  2. Informal. vigor; high spirits; vim.

Origin of vinegar

1250–1300; Middle English vinegre<Old French, equivalent to vinwine + egre, aigre sour (see eager)

Other words from vinegar

  • vin·e·gar·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vinegar


/ (ˈvɪnɪɡə) /

  1. a sour-tasting liquid consisting of impure dilute acetic acid, made by oxidation of the ethyl alcohol in beer, wine, or cider. It is used as a condiment or preservative

  2. sourness or peevishness of temper, countenance, speech, etc

  1. pharmacol a medicinal solution in dilute acetic acid

  2. US and Canadian informal vitality

  1. (tr) to apply vinegar to

Origin of vinegar

C13: from Old French vinaigre, from vin wine + aigre sour, from Latin acer sharp

Derived forms of vinegar

  • vinegarish, adjective
  • vinegar-like, adjective

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