American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Slightly sour in taste or in manner. See Synonyms at sour.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Slightly sour; subacid, as cream of tartar, oranges, gooseberries, etc.
- Figuratively, sour in feeling or expression; sharp; caustic; harsh.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Slightly sour; sub-acid; sourish.
- adj. being sour to the taste
- From Latin acidulus ("sourish, acidulous"), diminutive of acidus ("acid, sour"). See acid. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin acidulus, diminutive of acidus, sour; see acid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Every member of the cast shines at varying intensities: Ms. McAdams as a young almost-married who's lively and attractive, albeit a scold; Kurt Fuller as Inez's acidulous father; Mimi Kennedy as her dryly sarcastic mother; and, in lesser roles, Nina Arianda, Tom Hiddleston, Daniel Lundh and Michel Vuillermoz.”
“His observations range from the cheerful to the acidulous but are never malicious.”
“Gillian Keith fizzed skittishly and effortlessly as Zerbinetta, an acidulous sop to Orla Boylan's munificent, creamy but variably toned Ariadne.”
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“In a Robert Altman film that's almost bursting with superb performances, Maggie Smith shines as the Countess of Trentham, a mistress of acidulous put-downs.”
“Int he end, he was too acidulous, too independent to get the top job.”
“As the pods ripen, turning from green to brown, they fill out with a juicy, acidulous, reddish brown pulp.”
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“A number of the young men near the bus stared right through us, numb with rage and fear perhaps, nerves frayed by acidulous thoughts.”
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