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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [as-id]
    • /ˈæs ɪd/
    • /ˈæs.ɪd.li/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [as-id]
    • /ˈæs ɪd/

Definitions of acidly word

  • noun acidly Chemistry. a compound usually having a sour taste and capable of neutralizing alkalis and reddening blue litmus paper, containing hydrogen that can be replaced by a metal or an electropositive group to form a salt, or containing an atom that can accept a pair of electrons from a base. Acids are proton donors that yield hydronium ions in water solution, or electron-pair acceptors that combine with electron-pair donors or bases. 1
  • noun acidly a substance with a sour taste. 1
  • noun acidly something, as a remark or piece of writing, that is sharp, sour, or ill-natured: His criticism was pure acid. 1
  • noun acidly Slang. LSD2 . 1
  • adjective acidly Chemistry. belonging or pertaining to acids or the anhydrides of acids. having only a part of the hydrogen of an acid replaced by a metal or its equivalent: an acid phosphate. having a pH value of less than 7. Compare alkaline (def 4). 1
  • adjective acidly sharp or biting to the taste; tasting like vinegar; sour: acid fruits. 1

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Origin of acidly

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
1620-30; < Latin acidus sour, akin to ācer sharp, acētum vinegar, acescent, acicula

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Parts of speech for Acidly


acidly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for acidly

adverb acidly

  • sharply — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.
  • cutting — A cutting is a piece of writing which has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.
  • tartly — sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie. Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant. Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.
  • sourly — having an acid taste, resembling that of vinegar, lemon juice, etc.; tart.
  • acerbically — in an acerbic manner

Antonyms for acidly

adverb acidly

  • sweetly — having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.

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