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  1. of the nature of or resembling vinegar; sour; acid: a vinegary taste.
  2. having a disagreeable character or manner; crabbed; ill-tempered: a vinegary person.
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Origin of vinegary

First recorded in 1720–30; vinegar + -y1
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Related Words for vinegary

vigorous, harsh, acerbic, brisk, hot, sour, lively, bitter, sharp, acid, acrid, biting, pungent, caustic, briny, musty, peppery, unpleasant, salty, piquant

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Historical Examples of vinegary

  • "You seem to be alone in your opinion," said the Baron with his vinegary smile.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It's out of favour I am with the vinegary virgins over the way.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • There was one vinegary old maid to whom he applied who gave me a cold chill.

    Step Lively!

    George Niblo

  • Falk clasped a hand, hard as a beetle, and received a vinegary smile.

    The Red Room

    August Strindberg

  • The little girls actually point to me with furtive, vinegary glances, for they are more ingenuously hypocritical than women.


    Magdeleine Marx

British Dictionary definitions for vinegary


  1. containing vinegar; tasting of or like vinegar
  2. bad-tempered, sour, or peevish
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