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 the early 1800s, 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. (Speakers of Middle English borrowed sumptuous from the Latin adjective sumptuousus,a derivation of the Latin noun sumptus,meaning "expense" or "cost"). 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 From the first, the prose bristles with such nuggets, including scrumptious food writing. John Domini, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 But all the key elements are here: crisp iceberg lettuce, a scrumptious buttermilk blue cheese dressing, cherry tomatoes, warm bacon bits, fresh dill. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2022 There’s also still time to sign up for a three-day Spring Break CHEF Camp that teaches kids kitchen smarts and scrumptious recipes. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 The scrumptious smell of shrimp patties and brioche buns cooking over a sizzling pan filled the air. Byhakyung Kate Lee, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2022 This recipe is everything this classic combo should be: simple, streamlined, scrumptious. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 In a Goldbelly TV video promoting the pie, Megan dug into a series of scrumptious pies, from pecan to sweet potato, sour cherry and Texas Trash Pie, giving her honest reviews of the mouth-watering dessert spread. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 Mar. 2022 The Pioneer Woman star on Tuesday shared to Instagram a series of scrumptious-looking videos and pictures of new dishes from The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, her beloved restaurant, bakery, and store experience. Sabrina Weiss,, 10 Mar. 2022 But once the Facebook food creators finally respond, it’s like going down a scrumptious rabbit hole — one where immigrant resourcefulness turned a spurned social media site into a tool to find and share Latino delicacies. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Scrumptious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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