scrump·​tious | \ ˈskrəm(p)-shəs How to pronounce scrumptious (audio) \

Definition of scrumptious

: delightful, excellent "Whew! What a place! …" said Stalky, filling himself a pipe. "Isn't it scrumptious? …"— Rudyard Kipling She has curly red hair and big jolly brown eyes and scrumptious freckles.— Lucy Maud Montgomery [Liz] Robbins … has packed her book with scrumptious details.— Benjamin Cheever especially : delicious We were offered such goodies as five styles of eggs, bacon, … and scrumptious pastries. — Dick Bradley This inviting farmstead and restaurant is known for its scrumptious apple dishes … Parenting

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Other Words from scrumptious

scrumptiously adverb
Standard menu fare includes scrumptiously fluffy eggplant clouds … — Shira Feder … a scrumptiously filthy guitar solo burning with taut tones. — Randall Radic
scrumptiousness noun
… [the recipes] lack the extra touch, the extra effort to lift them to scrumptiousness. Cook's Magazine

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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).

Examples of scrumptious in a Sentence

baked a scrumptious chocolate cake

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Master chef Silvio Giavedoni provided the scrumptious comestibles. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 Meanwhile, roast the apples until their flesh goes all velvety soft, and the butter, honey, sugar and salt coating them cooks down into a scrumptious caramel. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Classic and Comforting Pork Chop Recipe, Refined," 18 Dec. 2018 Serve this scrumptious as a an appetizer with plates for sharing, or even as a decadent main course, with lots of different dippers. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheddar-Beer Fondue," 21 Dec. 2012 Shake up the Turkey Day dessert table by preparing a lovely, scrumptious, easy parfait or tart. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 The poke appetizer, which was notably spicy but tempered the heat with watermelon cubes that looked just like the raw tuna, was scrumptious. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Across the street, Crème Cafe serves scrumptious crepes of both the sweet and savory varieties, plus coffee drinks and fresh baked goods. Natasha Bourlin,, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Go wild — the produce aisle is the limit. Mini-appetizers wouldn’t be as scrumptious without mini-cocktails, and these options will please just about everyone. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to have big fun with mini-appetizers and mini-cocktails," 2 June 2018 Now, the business is known for its scrumptious cupcakes. Simon Dumenco, Country Living, "17 Things to Know About Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market at the Silos," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of scrumptious

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrumptious

perhaps alteration of sumptuous

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English Language Learners Definition of scrumptious

informal : very pleasant to taste


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