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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 Almost each and every one of them has an $8 special of the day, giving you a scrumptious meal that doesn't burn too big a hole in your pocket for the rest of the weekend. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos," 8 Oct. 2019 And their meat platter, which features ribs, brisket, sausage and street corn, is equal parts scrumptious and Instagram-worthy. John-john Williams Iv,, "These Baltimore restaurants probably aren’t on your radar. Here’s why they should be.," 25 Sep. 2019 Choose from apple fritters, maple bars and a variety of scrumptious straight-from-the-oven doughnuts (made with the same doughnut production technology since 1974). Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Where to stop on the way to Mount Hood: Gerry Frank’s picks," 22 Sep. 2019 Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace Downtown Glendale shops and restaurants will offer activities such as make-and-take crafts, demonstrations and scrumptious goodies to sample. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 The informal gathering includes meeting other veterans and a scrumptious lunch., "Clint Williams leaves a legacy of “grand” genuineness: Olmsted Dates and Data," 8 Sep. 2019 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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrumptious

informal : very pleasant to taste


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