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[vin-i-guh-ree] /ˈvɪn ɪ gə ri/
of the nature of or resembling vinegar; sour; acid:
a vinegary taste.
having a disagreeable character or manner; crabbed; ill-tempered:
a vinegary person.
Origin of vinegary
1720-30; vinegar + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for vinegary
  • It was some kind of vinegary salad contraption of some sort.
  • There's certainly satisfaction to be found in a juicy burger accompanied by vinegary pickles, or the thick, salty crab dip.
  • But what made the dish great was the vinegary sauce, which was unanimously voted as one of the best tastes of the evening.
  • Both sweet and vinegary, they are the perfect foil for any other toppings.
  • Common wine defect caused by excess production of acetic acid, resulting in a vinegary smell.
  • But the strong aroma of vinegary versions proved to be off-putting, she added, during taste tests with friends.
  • Such an approach is almost too disconcerting these vinegary days.
  • Those ethereal cloud colors-pale pink, blue and violet, a sudden vinegary yellow.
British Dictionary definitions for vinegary


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