Definition of acerb:
red-hot, bitter, sulphurous, acid, acidulent, sulfurous, acerbic, cutting, acidic, erosive, blistering, venomous, taste, acrimonious, sultry, virulent, hot, irate, sharp, harsh, caustic, deadly, stifling, tart, vitriolic, pungent, vinegarish, mordant, blistery, acidulated, tangy, sour, dry, savage, acetous, acidulous, astringent, biting, corrosive, stinging, unpleasant, acrid.
- "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- "The Forerunners", Romain Rolland.
With her " mayn't be's" and her " is'es," Sylvie was unconsciously making a habit of the trick of Susan Nipper, but with a kindlier touch to her antitheses than pertained to those of that acerb damsel.- "The Other Girls", Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney.