Definition of toothsome
- crisp toothsome fried chicken
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the movie star and his supermodel girlfriend are considered the most toothsome couple in Hollywood
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One meaning of tooth is "a fondness or taste for something specified." Toothsome comes from this definition of tooth plus the suffix -some, meaning "characterized by." Although toothsome was at first used to describe general attractiveness, it quickly developed a second sense that was specific to the sense of taste (perhaps because from as far back as Chaucer’s time, tooth could also refer specifically to eating and the sense of taste). In addition, toothsome is now showing signs of acquiring a third sense, toothy (as in "a toothsome grin"), but this sense is not yet established enough to qualify for dictionary entry.
: having a pleasing taste
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