- a desire for food or drink: I have no appetite for lunch today.
- a desire to satisfy any bodily need or craving.
- a desire or liking for something; fondness; taste: an appetite for power; an appetite for pleasure.
Origin of appetite
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Examples from the Web for appetite
To whet your appetite, you can relive that glorious moment (and watch other programs from the 2014 summit) here.Save the Date: Women in the World 2015
December 23, 2014
In “Cartoons and Cereal,” he sings, “Reminisce when I had the morning appetite/ Apple Jacks, had nothing that I hit the TV Guide.”Cereal Cafe’s Big Bowl of Hate
December 14, 2014
At the time of the flight she had “regained her appetite” and was able to walk with assistance as well.Was Flying Hero Doctor With Ebola to the U.S. the Wrong Call?
November 17, 2014
In addition to headaches and restlessness, she had lost her appetite and a lot of weight.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
The data show that when government is divided, congressional Republicans tend to control their appetite for more government.Assuming GOP Does Take the Senate, Dems Have Nothing to Fear
Veronique de Rugy
November 1, 2014
But as for running him into the ground, they had lost their appetite for such fighting.Way of the Lawless
Why not speak of the evils of appetite and of envy and jealousy?Understanding the Scriptures
His coming seemed to have taken away all of Hiram's appetite.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
I had no appetite for breakfast, and life was sustained principally by drink.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The sword over his head would never have spoiled his appetite!Night and Morning, Complete
- a desire for food or drink
- a desire to satisfy a bodily craving, as for sexual pleasure
- (usually foll by for) a desire, liking, or willingnessa great appetite for work
Word Origin and History for appetite
c.1300, "craving for food," from Anglo-French appetit, Old French apetit (13c.) "appetite, desire, eagerness," from Latin appetitus "appetite," literally "desire toward," from appetitus, past participle of appetere "to long for, desire; strive for, grasp at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + petere "go to, seek out" (see petition (n.)).
Of other desires or cravings, from late 14c. As an adjective form, OED lists appetitious (1650s) and appetitual (1610s) as "obsolete," but appetitive (1570s) continues.
- An instinctive physical desire, as for food or sex.