lip-smack·​ing ˈlip-ˌsma-kiŋ How to pronounce lip-smacking (audio)
: highly pleasing or appealing to the sense of taste or smell : delicious
a lip-smacking recipe
lip-smacking aromas
But take away the excused absences and all the food they can eat and the students still wouldn't trade their experiences. Nope, not even for a freshly baked batch of those lip-smacking cookies.Ellen Anderson
Pickled cauliflower, baby carrots, beets, and celery (top left) retain their crunch and gain subtle, lip-smacking spice.David Chang
sometimes used figuratively
Thanks to Mr. Stewart, we now know, in lip-smacking detail, how much, where and whom.Michael M. Thomas
lip-smackingly adverb
lip-smackingly good burgers
… batter fried soft shell crab … was a lip-smackingly delicious start … Stuart Minting

Examples of lip-smacking in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lip-smacking was in 1902

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“Lip-smacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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