adjective tooth·some \ ˈtüth-səm \
Updated on: 5 Mar 2018

Definition of toothsome

b : sexually attractive
  • a toothsome blonde
2 : of palatable flavor and pleasing texture : delicious
  • crisp toothsome fried chicken





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Examples of toothsome in a Sentence

  1. 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.

First Known Use of toothsome


in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Synonym Discussion of toothsome

palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable.
    • butterflies that birds find palatable
appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste.
    • appetizing hors d'oeuvres
savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness.
    • dumplings with savory fillings
tasty implies a pronounced taste.
    • a tart and tasty pie
toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness.
    • an enticing array of toothsome desserts

TOOTHSOME Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of toothsome for English Language Learners

  • : having a pleasing taste

TOOTHSOME Defined for Kids


adjective tooth·some \ ˈtüth-səm \

Definition of toothsome for Students

: pleasing to the taste : delicious

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to treat with excessive attention

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