ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce appetizing (audio) \

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 \ ˈa-​pə-​ˌtī-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce appetizingly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for appetizing

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
Recent Examples on the Web Before watching the clip below, here are some appetizing numbers. cleveland, "Draft pick Jedrick Wills brings fast feet, pass protection and run blocking upside to Browns -- Film review," 24 Apr. 2020 Nowhere, perhaps, is the lure of the open road more appetizing than among the loose fraternity of cannonballers — people who, going back to the 1970s, have made an illicit sport of racing from coast to coast. John Branch, New York Times, "Whoosh! That Car That Just Soared by Might Be Heading for the Coast," 11 Apr. 2020 Its success underscores how misleading information about the coronavirus crisis continues to circulate, with some indications that growing fear and frustration are making conspiracy theories more appetizing to a larger audience. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "4th relative charged in death of Michigan guard enforcing mask rule," 9 May 2020 And when the nasty wild plants look appetizing, getting caught in the wilds without food becomes an even more dangerous scenario. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "13 Toxic Wild Plants That Look Like Food," 13 Aug. 2019 For those last few slices of bread that are too stale to be appetizing, Hard suggests making them into bread crumbs or croutons. cleveland, "Make 2020 the year you stop wasting food (and money)," 16 Feb. 2020 Also present was a far less appetizing ingredient: lead, at a concentration of 0.13 milligrams per liter—well above the 0.015 milligrams per liter deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists in Leeds Unearth 600 Lead-Spiked, 19th-Century Beer Bottles," 26 Mar. 2020 Schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Trump administration to roll back school lunch regulations on fruits and vegetables," 17 Jan. 2020 This century-old family-run appetizing shop churns out some of the city’s best lox and bagels. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "How You Can Support NYC Small Businesses During Lockdown," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Appetizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce appetizing (audio) \

Kids Definition of appetizing

: pleasing to the appetite an appetizing smell

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