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vinegar +‎ -y


vinegary (comparative more vinegary, superlative most vinegary)

  1. Sour; like vinegar.
    When Martha reopened the bottle of wine from the previous week's party, a vinegary whiff indicated that drinking it was out of the question.
    • Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce (2023) Succession, season 4, episode 1, 42:42 from the start: “I like my wine thin and vinegary.”
  2. (figuratively) Acerbic, bitter.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 562:
      Then she remembered Jalil's disgusting behaviour of the previous evening and turned to give him vinegary words.
    Edward's maiden aunt was a vinegary old soul with a sharp tongue and quick temper; she would not be receiving a wedding invitation.
  3. Of a liquid, having turned partially or fully to vinegar.


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