ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce appetizing (audio)
: appealing to the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
also : appealing to one's taste
an appetizing display of merchandise
appetizingly 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appetizing was in 1653

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“Appetizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing ˈap-ə-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce appetizing (audio)
: appealing to the appetite
appetizingly adverb

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