tooth·​some | \ ˈtüth-səm How to pronounce toothsome (audio) \

Definition of toothsome

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

Other Words from toothsome

toothsomely adverb
toothsomeness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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.

Examples of toothsome in a Sentence

the movie star and his supermodel girlfriend are considered the most toothsome couple in Hollywood
Recent Examples on the Web Reward yourself with a bowl of polpette (meatballs) smothered in parmesan sauce and passatelli, a toothsome local noodle speciality made from parmesan, breadcrumbs, and egg. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 The messiness of ripe fruit, the decadence of something toothsome and cold, combined into a single pan and delivered in one slice as an antidote to whatever ails. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Then indulge in a plat de côtes de boeuf braisés, tender braised short ribs flanked by potato mousse and drizzled with cabernet syrup, or the equally toothsome mushroom and gruyere omelet. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 14 June 2021 How did my dan dan noodles compare with the toothsome version made by the far more gastronomically adept staff at Mala Sichuan Bistro? Joanna O'leary, Houston Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2020 Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently, stirring midway through to prevent scorching on the bottom, until the quinoa is slightly sticky and toothsome and the coconut milk is mostly absorbed, 15 to 25 minutes. Kristen Hartke, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2020 Well, turns out this toothsome leafy green is also pretty good for your face. Garrett Munce, GQ, 2 Mar. 2018 But, let’s be real, most veggie-centric tacos lack the qualities that make the meaty versions great: that juicy, toothsome texture and deep umami flavor. Danielle Walsh, Bon Appetit, 13 Apr. 2017 Har gow, shrimp dumplings in a thick, toothsome translucent wrapper, were another basic item done very well. Kate Washington, sacbee, 27 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of toothsome

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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tooth·​some | \ ˈtüth-səm How to pronounce toothsome (audio) \

Kids Definition of toothsome

: pleasing to the taste : delicious


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