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vinegar Line breaks: vin|egar
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪnɪɡə/

Definition of vinegar in English:


[mass noun]
1A sour-tasting liquid containing acetic acid, obtained by fermenting dilute alcoholic liquids, typically wine, cider, or beer, and used as a condiment or for pickling.
Example sentences
  • In southern Europe wine vinegar is the norm, for example, while in northern Europe malt, cider, and distilled vinegars predominate, and in the Far East rice vinegar is most usual.
  • It also gives its name to tarragon vinegar, one of the best-known flavoured vinegars.
  • When fully incorporated, add the capers, parsley, the vinegars and the water.
1.1Sourness or peevishness of behaviour, character, or speech: her aggrieved tone held a touch of vinegar
More example sentences
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh would turn a saint's milk of human kindness to vinegar.
  • I’ll confess: the sharp vinegar of bad temper surged up inside me.
  • Then next day the boy, who was very strongly recommended by the carpet seller's vinegar tongued wife; arrived with his friend


Pronunciation: /ˈvɪnɪɡərɪʃ/
Example sentences
  • The noodles are prepared with a specially prepared sauce and a dollop of vinegarish chilli paste.
  • Unable to unload carbon dioxide into my lungs, my blood would turn vinegarish and my kidneys would burn out trying to neutralize the acid.
  • It was originally named Vinegaroon, for a large scorpion-like spider, native to the area, which emits a vinegarish stench when upset.
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪnɪɡəri/
Example sentences
  • Her scallops were perfectly cooked, but the accompanying pancetta had a harsh, unpleasant, vinegary tinge which meant it had to be removed before the scallops could be enjoyed.
  • Old people, deprived of their mate, reduce down into these bitter, vinegary distillates of their former selves.
  • She wrinkled her nose at the acrid, vinegary fumes emitted from the bottle.
Example sentences
  • Reducing the vinegar by boiling it rapidly intensifies the sweetness and gets rid of excessive vinegariness.
  • It tasted as though marinated anchovies had been used, lending it an unwelcome vinegariness.
  • The aroma has malt and candied fruit but then an unpleasant vinegariness takes hold.


Middle English: from Old French vyn egre, based on Latin vinum 'wine' + acer 'sour'.

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