Definition of acidulous in English:



  • 1Sharp-tasting; sour.

    • ‘A bright and steady colour, it charms by its bouquet which intermarries red fruit with a light acidulous taste.’
    • ‘Our citric acid is a natural, odourless and colourless crystalline substance with a pleasantly refreshing acidulous taste.’
    • ‘They have a characteristic aroma and an acidulous taste which increases as the season evolves.’
    • ‘They are acid, and considered by some to be better than tamarind for the preparation of acidulous drinks.’
    • ‘The rind is rough and woolly and the flesh harsh and unpalatable, with an astringent, acidulous taste.’
    acidic, sour, tart, bitter, unsweetened, sharp, biting, acrid, pungent, acerbic, vinegary, vinegarish, acetic, acetous
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's remarks or tone) bitter; cutting.
      • ‘Peter Bowles as Judith's novelist husband best catches the acidulous tone of Coward's comedy of bad manners.’
      • ‘I am so upset at some of the very acidulous remarks made by some people.’
      • ‘Miss Grimes's distinctive voice and manner cut through the tedium even as she makes her first acidulous comment about the widow Harbury.’
      • ‘Your candid approach mixed with acidulous remarks makes you the frivolous person you are.’
      • ‘Seldom has a more acidulous portrait of the city been drawn by one of its preeminent members.’
      acerbic, sarcastic, sharp, sardonic, satirical, scathing, cutting, razor-edged
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Mid 18th century: from Latin acidulus (from acidus ‘sour’) + -ous.