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 appetizing (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 But without Bower, the fish catching wasn't as exciting, the cocktail hour lost its edge and the walleye dinners weren't as appetizing. Star Tribune, "Losing out on their own fishing opener leaves friendship with a void," 8 May 2021 What if a compass could point to something more appetizing than north? Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "2020 election drew 17 million more voters than 2016 – largest increase in history: The Wake Up for Friday, April 30, 2021," 30 Apr. 2021 With the dust gone for now, the galleries are a less appetizing destination for moths. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How does the Getty battle bugs? Squirrel-hair dusters and dental picks, for starters," 22 Apr. 2021 Pi Day might make losing an hour for the daylight saving time change a little easier – or at least more appetizing. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Pi Day 2021 deals: Celebrate daylight savings time change with $3.14 pizza specials at 7-Eleven, Blaze, more," 14 Mar. 2021 The flip side is that equity markets are looking less appetizing now. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "For Stocks, This Bond Selloff Isn’t Like the Others," 23 Feb. 2021 According to the Paul report: How appetizing does cricket powder sound? James Freeman, WSJ, "Unhappy Festivus!," 23 Dec. 2020 The menu is an appetizing mix of Southern classics like gumbo and dirty rice and autumnal dishes like pecan apple walnut salad. Soleil Ho,, "Here’s why you should get a restaurant meal for Thanksgiving this year," 16 Nov. 2020 With coronavirus outbreaks being traced back to bars and restaurants, curfews are being embraced not just by governors but also by many restaurant and bar owners who see them as a more appetizing alternative to the total cessation of indoor dining. Jordan Rau, CNN, "States impose curfews on bars and restaurants as Covid-19 cases soar," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of appetizing

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of appetizing was in 1653

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12 May 2021

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“Appetizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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