ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing | \ -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 \ -​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce appetizingly (audio) \ 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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The intricate effort to make jellyfish appetizing to new audiences arrives as people around the world grow increasingly annoyed by jellyfish blooms, in which vast swarms of jellyfish seem to appear out of nowhere. David Adam, Smithsonian, "To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience," 12 July 2019 Sea Lice doesn't sound very appetizing, but it could be used to catch a tasty dinner. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "TPW warns against using non-Gulf shrimp as bait when fishing in Texas waters," 5 July 2019 Food selections include the tasty seafood at Phil’s Fish Market (7600 Sandholdt Road), an appetizing breakfast from Moss Landing Café (421 Moss Landing Road) or the delectable fried artichokes at the food truck. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "Bay Area summer collectibles events from Moss Landing to Niles," 4 July 2019 The result is a meal that is easy and simple, but also much more appetizing and memorable that a plain piece of fish. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 The truth is, none of these options sound nearly as appetizing as one of those max-deal players who have been promised to Lakers for the last two summers. Bill Plaschke,, "After Anthony Davis trade, can Lakers GM Rob Pelinka be trusted to fill roster?," 17 June 2019 Busy Friday on the way Djokovic and Thiem face off Friday in an appetizing semifinal but Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer is the main attraction. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Simona Halep crashes out to teen Amanda Anisimova at French Open," 6 June 2019 Then, the stomach passes this appetizing mixture on to the small intestine, where the real work of digestion happens, Tewksbury says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here's What Carbs Actually Do in Your Body," 23 May 2019 Investors don’t usually like it when a company turns down an appetizing bid at a 42% premium. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Pizza Hut Is Tasty Again for Yum China," 30 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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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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