A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-surb]
    • /əˈsɜrb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-surb]
    • /əˈsɜrb/

Definitions of acerb word

  • adjective acerb bitter or sour 3
  • adjective acerb curt, snappy or waspish 3
  • abbreviation ACERB acerbic 3
  • abbreviation ACERB acerbic. 1
  • noun acerb Sour, bitter, and harsh to the taste, as unripe fruit. 1
  • adjective acerb Sharp and harsh in expressing oneself. 0

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Origin of acerb

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
1650-60; < Latin acerbus; see acerbic

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Parts of speech for Acerb


acerb popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for acerb

adj acerb

  • acerbic — sour in taste
  • acetous — containing, producing, or resembling acetic acid or vinegar
  • acid — An acid is a chemical substance, usually a liquid, which contains hydrogen and can react with other substances to form salts. Some acids burn or dissolve other substances that they come into contact with.
  • acidulous — rather sour
  • acrid — An acrid smell or taste is strong and sharp, and usually unpleasant.

adjective acerb

  • sour — having an acid taste, resembling that of vinegar, lemon juice, etc.; tart.

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