appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

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

Other Words from appetite

appetitive \ ˈa-​pə-​ˌtī-​tiv How to pronounce appetite (audio) \ adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web With the Moderna shot, side effects for children ages 6 to 36 months also included irritability, crying, sleepiness and loss of appetite. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 The common symptoms for children up through age 3 were mood swings, rashes, stomach aches, cough and loss of appetite. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 Work up enough of an appetite and enjoy a hearty meal and drinks at the Bobbie Burns Lounge. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 15 June 2022 The overall safety profile looked comparable to other childhood vaccines, with some children developing fevers and fatigue, and infants reporting irritability and loss of appetite. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 June 2022 The vast majority of side effects were mild — irritability and crying, sleepiness, fatigue and loss of appetite. New York Times, 15 June 2022 The migrant worker shortage comes as the U.S. political system is showing less of an appetite for increasing immigration. Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 The immigrant worker shortage comes as the U.S. political system is showing less of an appetite for increasing immigration. Nicholas Riccardi, Chron, 7 May 2022 But nobody had looked at how triptans affect appetite. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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“Appetite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appetite. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for appetite

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

Kids Definition of appetite

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

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈap-ə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

Medical Definition of appetite

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

Other Words from appetite

appetitive \ -​ˌtīt-​iv How to pronounce appetite (audio) \ adjective

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