Privacy Terms. Skip to content Wordwizard For lovers of the English Language. My grandfather who was born in the s would use that phrase a lot regarding someone full of energy. My thoughts on its origin may refer to a drink of cider and vinegar that would supposedly quench a thirst as well as give the person some energy. I ended up at the same place as Bonnie, namely phrases.
The meaning and origin of the expression: Full of piss and vinegar
'Full of piss and vinegar' - the meaning and origin of this phrase
Skip to content. Quick links. Origin The earliest citation we've found is from in John Steinbeck's, The Grapes of Wrath: Grampa walked up and slapped Tom on the chest, and his eyes grinned with affection and pride. There are other similar phrases that came long before that which may be the source though.