ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \

Definition of appetite 

1 : any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life especially : the desire to eat He has a hearty appetite.
2a : an inherent craving an insatiable appetite for work
b : taste, preference … the cultural appetites of the time …— J. D. Hart

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Other Words from appetite

appetitive \ -​ˌtī-​tiv \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for appetite


belly, emptiness, famishment, hunger, munchies, stomach



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Examples of appetite in a Sentence

He has a healthy appetite. Some common symptoms are tiredness, nausea, and loss of appetite. I had no appetite and couldn't sleep.
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The most common side effects here include dry mouth, fatigue, excessive sleeping, increased appetite, swelling of the hands and feet, tremors, and blurry vision, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. 5. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 There’s an appetite for more and more warehouses, taking more and more cargo. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Your online shopping is polluting this small town," 20 Nov. 2018 That perhaps a big problem (nonproblem) this offense will have is figuring out how to distribute the ball so as to keep all the players with an appetite for scoring touchdowns well fed. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Miami Dolphins offense might have a 'problem' unseen by team in years," 5 June 2018 Everyone builds up an appetite making their way back to the site. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 May 2018 Jimmy King, gap-toothed, quick-tempered, a guard/small forward possessed of a superhuman vertical leap and an appetite for a defender to posterize. Carl Martin, Detroit Free Press, "Fab Five scandal doesn't tell full story of Ed Martin: 'He helped everybody'," 30 Apr. 2018 There’s not much appetite right now to make such a change, but Lankford and other conservatives are looking for ways to speed things up in the Senate anyway. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Donald from Washington, you're on the line," 26 Apr. 2018 But man, there’s not much that will ruin an appetite more than spotting your boss interviewing your replacement five weeks after getting hired. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Case Keenum walked in on John Elway's lunch meeting with Baker Mayfield," 24 Apr. 2018 The killing in Latin America has been shaped by local factors—political violence, crowded prisons, North America’s appetite for drugs. The Economist, "How to cut the murder rate," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of appetite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appetite

Middle English apetit, from Anglo-French, from Latin appetitus, from appetere to strive after, from ad- + petere to go to — more at feather

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The first known use of appetite was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of appetite

: a physical desire for food

: a desire or liking for something


ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \

Kids Definition of appetite

1 : a natural desire especially for food
2 : a desire or liking for something an appetite for adventure


ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈap-ə-ˌtīt \

Medical Definition of appetite 

: any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life especially : the desire to eat

Other Words from appetite

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