appetizing

adjective 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

appetizingly

play \-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of appetizing in a Sentence

  1. While the stew may not look very appetizing, it tastes wonderful.

  2. that dish looks very appetizing

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653

Synonym Discussion of 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

APPETIZING Defined for English Language Learners

appetizing

adjective

Definition of appetizing for English Language Learners

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


APPETIZING Defined for Kids

appetizing

adjective ap·pe·tiz·ing \ ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ \

Definition of appetizing for Students

:pleasing to the appetite
  • an appetizing smell


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