ap·pe·tiz·ing | \ -ˌtī-ziŋ \

Definition of appetizing 

: appealing to the appetite especially in appearance or aroma also : appealing to one's taste an appetizing display of merchandise

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Other words from appetizing

appetizingly \-ziŋ-lē \ adverb

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palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable. butterflies that birds find palatable appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste. appetizing hors d'oeuvres savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness. dumplings with savory fillings tasty implies a pronounced taste. a tart and tasty pie toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness. an enticing array of toothsome desserts

Examples of appetizing in a Sentence

While the stew may not look very appetizing, it tastes wonderful. that dish looks very appetizing

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Hadden-Paton plays Higgins just as Shaw wrote him: vital and appetizing, and attached mainly to his mother—who is fondly wary of him—and his companionable comrade in phonetics, Pickering. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 This agiorgitiko offers ripe red fruit aromas and a cherry-cranberry palate with appetizing grip. Ellen Bhang,, "Set the table with these distinctive Greek wines," 2 July 2018 Like going into a Jewish appetizing store, where the African-American guy behind the counter is speaking Yiddish to the little old ladies. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "Mapping Brooklyn’s Diverse Pirate-Radio Scene," 9 July 2017 All of a sudden, the idea of locking in Irving for the long-term is less appetizing. Tim Bontemps,, "The case for the Celtics to consider a Kyrie Irving trade this summer," 13 June 2018 Plus, crunchy toppings bring another appetizing dimension. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to build a better smoothie, according to a nutritionist," 26 May 2018 Just mosey on down the block to Goldy’s Corner for a cuppa joe and an appetizing pastry and wait for a table. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "10 ways to get a real taste of Boise: New spots and beloved staples | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 Old Chatham Ewe’s Blue is a deeply mottled sheep’s milk blue in the style of Roquefort with notes of fresh and cooked fruits (think grandma’s stewed prunes, but appetizing) and a buttermilk-like tang. Tia Keenan, Bon Appetit, "These 5 Cheese Plates Are Perfect, So Copy Them Exactly," 24 Apr. 2018 Because those restrooms are closed, residents are scooping human excrement off of their front lawns and government workers are stepping over it every day on their way to lunch – because that’s appetizing. Erika D. Smith, sacbee, "How long will Sacramento let homeless people use the city like a toilet? | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of appetizing was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of appetizing

: having a good smell or appearance that makes people want to eat


ap·pe·tiz·ing | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ \

Kids Definition of appetizing

: pleasing to the appetite an appetizing smell

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