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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Tastes and Smells

Here you will learn all the essential words for talking about Tastes and Smells, collected specifically for level C2 learners.

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
insipid
[adjective]
describing food that has no flavor or taste
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briny
[adjective]
having the taste of salt
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piquant
[adjective]
having a pleasantly sharp or spicy taste
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astringent
[adjective]
having a sharp, bitter, or sour taste
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cloying
[adjective]
excessively sweet to the point of being unpleasant
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unpalatable
[adjective]
describing food that does not have a pleasant taste
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nectarous
[adjective]
having a deliciously sweet and pleasant taste
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dainty
[adjective]
pleasing in taste
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rank
[adjective]
having a strong and unpleasant taste or smell
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foul
[adjective]
having an extremely unpleasant taste or smell
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malodorous
[adjective]
having a strong and unpleasant smell
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musty
[adjective]
having a stale, moldy, or damp odor, often associated with a lack of freshness and proper ventilation
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odoriferous
[adjective]
having a distinct and often pleasant natural scent
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putrid
[adjective]
(typically of organic matter) emitting a foul and disgusting smell due to decomposition or decay
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ambrosial
[adjective]
describing food or aromas that are divine or heavenly
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skunky
[adjective]
having a strong, pungent smell, often likened to the scent of a skunk
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rancid
[adjective]
having a stale, unpleasant, or spoiled taste or smell, often resulting from the decomposition of fats or oils
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fetid
[adjective]
having a strong and unpleasant smell
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offensive
[adjective]
causing disgust due to an unpleasant smell
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umami
[noun]
‌a taste that is not sour, bitter, salty, or sweet, found in some foods such as meat, etc.
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