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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-sij-uh-luh s]
    • /əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs/
    • /ə.ˈsɪ.djʊ.ləs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sij-uh-luh s]
    • /əˈsɪdʒ ə ləs/

Definitions of acidulous word

  • adjective acidulous rather sour 3
  • adjective acidulous sharp or sour in speech, manner, etc; acid 3
  • adjective acidulous somewhat acid or sour 3
  • adjective acidulous somewhat sarcastic 3
  • adjective acidulous slightly sour. 1
  • adjective acidulous sharp; caustic: his acidulous criticism of the book. 1

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Origin of acidulous

First appearance:

before 1760
One of the 46% newest English words
From the Latin word acidulus, dating back to 1760-70. See acid, -ulous

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Parts of speech for Acidulous


acidulous popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% 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.

acidulous usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acidulous

adj acidulous

  • acerbic — sour in taste
  • dry — free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet: a dry towel; dry air.
  • piquant — agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart: a piquant aspic.
  • sharp — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.
  • tart — sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie. Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant. Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.

adjective acidulous

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

Antonyms for acidulous

adj acidulous

  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • sugary — of, containing, or resembling sugar.
  • sweet — having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.

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