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[ap-i-tahy-zing] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zɪŋ/
appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
appealing; tempting.
Origin of appetizing
1645-55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related forms
appetizingly, adverb
unappetizing, adjective
unappetizingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • However, the little meal was so appetizing, and the guest seemed so frankly appreciative, that conversation soon flowed freely.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • The kitchen was clean, and filled with the appetizing odor of good cooking.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Here an appetizing supper had been laid ready upon the table and a couple of tallow candles burned in pewter sconces.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • It had a thick, tough rind that didn't seem at all appetizing.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Mary exclaimed as she ate with a relish the appetizing soup.

  • Then she ate the appetizing food that Phillida set before her.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • This was amusing to me, and furnished the flies with healthful, appetizing exercise, but was bad for Dick's soul.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for appetizing


pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appetizing

"exciting desire or hunger," 1650s, from appetite on model of present participle adjective forms in -ing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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