from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An impure dilute solution of acetic acid obtained by fermentation beyond the alcohol stage and used as a condiment and preservative.
- n. Sourness of speech or mood; ill temper.
- n. Liveliness and enthusiasm; vim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sour liquid formed by the fermentation of alcohol used as a condiment or preservative; a dilute solution of acetic acid.
- n. Any variety of vinegar.
- v. To season with vinegar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative, and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the like.
- n. Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically.
- transitive v. To convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by the acetous fermentation.
- n. Anything really or metaphorically sour; sourness of temper. Also used attributively to signify sour or crabbed.
- n. In pharmacy, a solution of a medicinal substance in acetic acid, or vinegar; acetum.
- To make into vinegar, or make sour like vinegar.
- To apply vinegar to; pour vinegar over; also, to mix with vinegar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dilute acetic acid
- n. sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative
Middle English vinegre, from Old French vinaigre : vin, wine (from Latin vīnum) + aigre, sour (from Vulgar Latin *acrus, from Latin ācer; see ak- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Middle English and Old French; compare French vinaigre. (Wiktionary)