[ vin-i-guh-ree ]
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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.

Origin of vinegary

First recorded in 1720–30; vinegar + -y1

Words Nearby vinegary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vinegary in a sentence

  • A vinegary old maid in the future—it would be all her own fault, and that of her mother's ridiculous vanity and indulgence.'

    The Crooked Stick | Rolf Boldrewood
  • There was one vinegary old maid to whom he applied who gave me a cold chill.

    Step Lively! | George Niblo

British Dictionary definitions for vinegary


/ (ˈvɪnɪɡərɪ) /

  1. containing vinegar; tasting of or like vinegar

  2. bad-tempered, sour, or peevish

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