Definition of acidulous in US English:



  • 1Sharp-tasting; sour.

    • ‘Our citric acid is a natural, odourless and colourless crystalline substance with a pleasantly refreshing acidulous taste.’
    • ‘The rind is rough and woolly and the flesh harsh and unpalatable, with an astringent, acidulous taste.’
    • ‘They are acid, and considered by some to be better than tamarind for the preparation of acidulous drinks.’
    • ‘They have a characteristic aroma and an acidulous taste which increases as the season evolves.’
    • ‘A bright and steady colour, it charms by its bouquet which intermarries red fruit with a light 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.
      • ‘Seldom has a more acidulous portrait of the city been drawn by one of its preeminent members.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      acerbic, sarcastic, sharp, sardonic, satirical, scathing, cutting, razor-edged
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Mid 18th century: from Latin acidulus (from acidus ‘sour’) + -ous.