Vocabulary: Adjectives for Describing Food

In English, there are many specific words to describe how foods taste.


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In English, there are many specific words to describe how foods taste.

List of Adjectives for Describing Food

  • acidvery sour
  • acidicfoods that taste sharp or contain a lot of acid
  • astringentan astringent taste is one that is strong and bitter
  • bittersomething that is bitter has a strong sharp taste that is not sweet
  • bitter-sweettasting bitter and sweet at the same time
  • brackishbrackish water has a slight taste of salt and is therefore not pure
  • chocolateychocolatey food has a lot of chocolate in it, or tastes like chocolate
  • creamysoft, smooth foods that contain cream, or taste as if they do
  • crumblyfood that crumbles to the touch, and breaks easily when you try to eat it
  • crunchy: food that is crisp and easily breakable
  • fieryfood that is fiery makes your mouth feel very hot when you eat it
  • flavouredtasting a particular way or of a particular thing
  • greasyfood that has been fried in oil
  • hothot food contains a lot of spices that create a burning feeling in your mouth
  • juicyfood that contains a lot of juice
  • maturemature cheese, wine, etc. has been left to develop a pleasant strong flavour
  • mildmild food does not have a strong taste
  • mushyfood that is very soft
  • ripe: ripe cheese or wine has a strong flavour
  • robustrobust food or drink has a lot of flavour
  • savourytasting of salt or spices and not sweet
  • seasonedcontaining seasonings to improve flavour
  • sharpfood that is sharp has a strong and bitter flavour
  • sourwith a taste like a lemon
  • spicyspicy food has a strong hot flavour
  • sweet-and-soursweet-and-sour food contains both sweet and sour flavours
  • sweetisha sweetish taste or smell is slightly sweet
  • syrupythick, sweet, and sticky
  • tarttart food or drinks have a slightly sour taste
  • unsalted: not flavoured with salt
  • waterypale, or not strong


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