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
Recent Examples on the Web The next best thing to vacationing in Santorini is sleeping on this scrumptious Santorini Bed Frame from Saatva. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 things to buy from our favorite mattress companies—that aren't mattresses," 16 Dec. 2020 Set the mood for pampering by lighting a few Koselig candles, with scrumptious aromas including balsam fir and clove and lavender and spruce. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 Love of nature in Costa Rica amplifies a deep appreciation for scrumptious native fruits influencing chefs and mixologists and indigenous women who cook simple nurturing dishes perfected over the centuries. Essence, "Maya Rudolph Makes Us Hungry As The Narrator Of 'Eater's Guide To The World'," 11 Nov. 2020 The first three seasons of this dramatization of the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II have been absolutely scrumptious, a feast of drama, wit and superb performances. oregonlive, "Here’s when ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU’ return, plus more TV highlights (’The Crown,’ ‘Shameless’)," 4 Nov. 2020 The first three seasons of this dramatization of the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II have been absolutely scrumptious, a feast of drama, wit and superb performances. oregonlive, "Here’s when ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU’ return, plus more TV highlights (’The Crown,’ ‘Shameless’)," 4 Nov. 2020 Still, fans of Mr. McGee’s culinary writing won’t be disappointed—there are several hundred pages devoted to scrumptious foods, both raw and cooked. Sam Kean, WSJ, "‘Nose Dive’ Review: Olfactory Bliss," 22 Oct. 2020 And in true bed and breakfast style, guests wake up to a scrumptious morning meal in a candlelit dining room with a roaring fire burning. William Li, Town & Country, "Perfect Long Weekend Destinations Just Outside New York City," 5 Oct. 2020 Wilson's cooking has been scrumptious, his 16 TD passes tied with Peyton Manning (2013) for most ever after four games. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season," 5 Oct. 2020

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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informal : very pleasant to taste


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