scrumptious

adjective

scrump·​tious ˈskrəm(p)-shəs How to pronounce scrumptious (audio)
informal
: 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
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 things delightful and delectable. It may have originated as an alteration of sumptuous, carrying the elegant connotations of its parent, though this is not certain. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a dialect form of the word used to mean “cheap, stingy” as its earliest use, and posits that it could instead have been formed by combining the verb scrimp, meaning “to be frugal or stingy,” with the adjective suffix -ious. (Scrimption meaning “a tiny amount or pittance” could be a relation.) How could a word with such a meaning lead to the wholly positive scrumptious? The OED points to a similar path taken by the word nice, which began as a word meaning “wanton or lacking restraint” and is now, well, nice. Regardless, scrumptious today is a fun word to say and play around with, a fact apparent to British author Roald Dahl who used the variation scrumdiddlyumptious in his novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Examples of scrumptious in a Sentence

baked a scrumptious chocolate cake
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Word History

Etymology

perhaps alteration of sumptuous

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrumptious was in 1830

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“Scrumptious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrumptious. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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scrumptious

adjective
scrump·​tious ˈskrəm(p)-shəs How to pronounce scrumptious (audio)
informal
: delightful, excellent
especially : delicious
scrumptiously adverb

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