Vocabulary: Adjectives for Describing Food

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


  • acid: very sour
  • acidic: foods that taste sharp or contain a lot of acid
  • astringent: an astringent taste is one that is strong and bitter
  • bitter: something that is bitter has a strong sharp taste that is not sweet
  • bitter-sweet: tasting bitter and sweet at the same time
  • brackish: brackish water has a slight taste of salt and is therefore not pure
  • chocolatey: chocolatey food has a lot of chocolate in it, or tastes like chocolate
  • creamy: soft, smooth foods that contain cream, or taste as if they do
  • crumbly: food that crumbles to the touch, and breaks easily when you try to eat it
  • crunchy:¬†food that is crisp and easily breakable
  • fiery: food that is fiery makes your mouth feel very hot when you eat it
  • flavoured: tasting a particular way or of a particular thing
  • greasy: food that has been fried in oil
  • hot: hot food contains a lot of spices that create a burning feeling in your mouth
  • juicy: food that contains a lot of juice
  • mature: mature cheese, wine, etc. has been left to develop a pleasant strong flavour
  • mild: mild food does not have a strong taste
  • mushy: food that is very soft
  • ripe:¬†ripe cheese or wine has a strong flavour
  • robust: robust food or drink has a lot of flavour
  • savoury: tasting of salt or spices and not sweet
  • seasoned: containing seasonings to improve flavour
  • sharp: food that is sharp has a strong and bitter flavour
  • sour: with a taste like a lemon
  • spicy: spicy food has a strong hot flavour
  • sweet-and-sour: sweet-and-sour food contains both sweet and sour flavours
  • sweetish: a sweetish taste or smell is slightly sweet
  • syrupy: thick, sweet, and sticky
  • tart: tart food or drinks have a slightly sour taste
  • unsalted: not flavoured with salt
  • watery: pale, or not strong
  • ...

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