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

Keep scrolling for more

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

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).

Examples of scrumptious in a Sentence

baked a scrumptious chocolate cake
Recent Examples on the Web Seriously, even watching a few seconds of this scrumptious cake being made is enough for us to pre-heat our oven and whip up one of our own. Jessica Mejia, Country Living, "This Jaw-Dropping Fall Foilage Cake Is Mesmerizing The Internet," 21 Nov. 2016 The Day of the Dead festival will feature a scrumptious selection of food and a lively mercado with Día de los Muertos items, arts and crafts and jewelry. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 Unsurprisingly, the cake looked absolutely scrumptious. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Carrot Cake Is Total Perfection," 10 Aug. 2019 The Café Budapest will feature scrumptious tortes, pastries, and espresso coffee. Shirley Macfarland,, "Start your Labor Day weekend with chicken parprikas, stuffed cabbage and strudel: Talk of the Towns," 16 Aug. 2019 After 1 month, store in refrigerator ***** Easier than many candy recipes, these soft, scrumptious caramels make great gifts. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 New World foods like avocados, squash blossoms, tomatoes and chocolate produced scrumptious pairings. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 Their actual chocolate fountain was quite scrumptious, with wonderful fruits and other yummy things to dip into its sweet, flowing goodness. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Walkers, chickens and a turtle host Kiwanis party," 23 July 2019 In Basalt, try any of the homemade desserts at Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, such as the scrumptious key lime pie that is almost always available. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrumptious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scrumptious

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrumptious

perhaps alteration of sumptuous

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scrumptious

Listen to Our Podcast about scrumptious

Statistics for scrumptious

Last Updated

3 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for scrumptious

The first known use of scrumptious was in 1830

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scrumptious


How to pronounce scrumptious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scrumptious

informal : very pleasant to taste


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

Kids Definition of scrumptious

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on scrumptious

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for scrumptious

Spanish Central: Translation of scrumptious

Nglish: Translation of scrumptious for Spanish Speakers

Comments on scrumptious

What made you want to look up scrumptious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not being in agreement or harmony

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!