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adjective scrump·tious \ˈskrəm(p)-shəs\

Definition of scrumptious

  1. :  delightful, excellent; especially :  delicious

scrumptiously

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Examples of scrumptious in a Sentence

  1. baked a scrumptious chocolate cake

Did You Know?

First appearing in English in 1830, "scrumptious" is a mouth-watering word that is used to describe what is delightful and delectable. It probably originated as an alteration of "sumptuous," and it carries the elegant and wonderful connotations of its parent. (Sumptuous derives via Middle English from the Latin verb sumere, meaning "to take or spend.") British author Roald Dahl had some fun with "scrumptious," and created a delightful coinage, when he inserted the infix "-diddly-" into the word to make "scrumdiddlyumptious," the word that chocolate magnate Willy Wonka uses to name his best-selling treats in his novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).

Origin and Etymology of scrumptious

perhaps alteration of sumptuous


First Known Use: 1830


SCRUMPTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective scrump·tious \ˈskrəm(p)-shəs\

Definition of scrumptious for English Language Learners

  • : very pleasant to taste


SCRUMPTIOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective scrump·tious \ˈskrəmp-shəs\

Definition of scrumptious for Students

  1. 1 :  delicious

  2. 2 :  delightful



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