Adjective "vinegar" definition and examples

(Vinegar may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A 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.
  1. 'Fungi are important for baking breads and fermenting wines, beers and vinegars.'
  2. 'Use tart vinegars, spicy chiles, savory miso paste, or aromatic herbs to make food more exciting.'
  3. 'There are many wine-based vinegars on the market now.'
  4. 'You can make herb vinegars for salad dressings, marinades, or soups.'
  5. 'Since bold vinegars make wines taste harsh, use softer vinegars in dressings.'
  6. 'It also gives its name to tarragon vinegar, one of the best-known flavoured vinegars.'
  7. 'Flavored vinegars and oils add an extra kick to marinades, sauces, and dressings.'
  8. 'On one corner of the square, you step into the Maille boutique, where the black and gold emblazoned company sells its world-famous mustards and vinegars.'
  9. 'Use fresh basil leaves for maximum flavor in tomato sauces, salads, vinegars, and eggs, and on lamb, fish, and poultry.'
  10. 'Gooseberries make delicious pies, jams and jellies as well as chutneys, sauces, fruit vinegars and wine, and can be preserved easily by canning or freezing.'
  11. 'her aggrieved tone held a touch of vinegar'
  12. 'Then next day the boy, who was very strongly recommended by the carpet seller's vinegar tongued wife; arrived with his friend'

More definitions

1. a sour liquid consisting of dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by acetous fermentation from wine, cider, beer, ale, or the like: used as a condiment, preservative, etc.

2. Pharmacology. a solution of a medicinal substance in dilute acetic acid, or vinegar.

3. sour or irritable speech, manner, or countenance: a note of vinegar in his voice.

4. Informal. vigor; high spirits; vim.

More examples(as adjective)

"lumps can be vinegar."

"loops can be vinegar."


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