vinegary, sour; sour-tempered, ill-tempered, unamiable, morose, crabbed, peevish ...1837 rare
from French vinaigre (vinegar)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1837 - see EXAMPLE below
"...A stone is rolled from every heart. The fair Palace Dames publicly declare that this Lafayette, detestable though he be, is their saviour for once. Even the ancient vinaigrous Tantes admit it; the King's Aunts, ancient Graille and Sisterhood, known to us of old. Queen Marie-Antoinette has been heard often say the like. She alone, among all women and all men, wore a face of courage, of lofty calmness and resolve, this day..."
From: The French Revolution: A History
- Thomas Carlyle