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

Other Words from appetizing

appetizingly \ ˈa-​pə-​ˌtī-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce appetizing (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
Recent Examples on the Web And that doesn’t shape up as especially appetizing, either. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 June 2022 For women's soccer fans around the world there could not be a more appetizing final in prospect than Saturday's clash of the two previous champions, Olympique Lyonnais and FC Barcelona, the clubs ranked number one and two on the continent by UEFA. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 20 May 2022 For sports bettors, the options are both plentiful and appetizing. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 For a management team whose credibility already is being questioned, further downward revisions would hardly be an appetizing look. Laura Forman, WSJ, 1 May 2022 Their blank palette can also make food appear more appetizing. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2022 That's why the Sabonis-to-Suns deal sounds so appetizing, but would receiving a future first-round pick from Phoenix, Saric, who will likely miss all regular season with the injury, and Smith be enough even if Indiana wants to unload to rebuild? Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 Eating vegan or vegetarian hasn’t historically had the most appetizing reputation. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The fresh lime flavors, however, are much more appetizing. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Appetizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of appetizing

: pleasing to the appetite an appetizing smell

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