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Examples of scrumptious in a sentence
baked a scrumptious chocolate cake
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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).
Origin and Etymology of scrumptious
perhaps alteration of sumptuous
First Known Use: 1830
SCRUMPTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrumptious for English Language Learners
: very pleasant to taste
SCRUMPTIOUS Defined for Kids
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