Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, similar to, or containing yeast: yeasty dough.
  • adj. Causing or characterized by unrest or agitation; turbulent: the yeasty days before the new government was established.
  • adj. Frothy; frivolous: a yeasty comedy.
  • adj. Full of productivity or vitality; exuberantly creative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or resembling yeast.
  • adj. Foamy and frothy.
  • adj. Emotionally bubbling over (as with exuberance)
  • adj. Trivial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or resembling yeast.
  • Foamy; frothy; spumy.
  • Light; unsubstantial; trifling; worthless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exuberantly creative
  • adj. marked by spirited enjoyment
  • adj. of or resembling or containing yeast

Etymologies

From yeast +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The look-out next morning was dismal – the river running high in yeasty waves; the boats all huddled together under the shore; the western bank hidden in clouds of sand.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Up to twenty a boy's years were kind of yeasty and uncertain, and if he was any way self-headed he ought to be left to run.

    The Wrong Twin

  • Their articles, it is true, were often a kind of yeasty collection of fond and winnowed opinions, but among these shallow fopperies there would at times be heard a strain of higher mood.

    The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850

  • This wine has a brilliant, bright straw color with a delightful nose that first attracts with a thick, yeasty flavor before giving way to a fresh, mineral, floral note.

    A Revelation About Cava

  • Married with a distinctive, nutty, sometimes herbal softness on the palate that can taste quite different to the full yeasty flavor of Champagne, it pairs well with strong cheese and fried white fish.

    A Revelation About Cava

  • You want a feel of chew; you want a bit of char; you want that yeasty aroma that releases when the dough hits the hot oven - earthy, alive, enticing - like ... well.

    One For The Table: Capizzi

  • There are a lot of great lines here about dry, yeasty muffins, and a giant dusty muffin … Good times …

    Kristen Wiig’s Gilly to Host SNL Christmas Special, December 17

  • It was yeasty, bitter, as he sat listening to his dreams, the ocean, the grayness flooding him, and sandy shores treading through the center of his vision.

    Wintering at Montauk

  • Though the scent of the yeasty doughs rising and baking subsumed the tiny place in remarkable smells, I found I didn't always get through a whole loaf, and it all seemed more work than it was worth--especially sweeping up the endless sprays of flour from the apartment that were a result of doing my kneading at the coffee table.

    Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Resolved to Bake Bread

  • Its texture and yeasty odor remind some people of fresh bread.

    'Food of the Future' Has One Hitch: It's All But Inedible

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