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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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  • This you will find an extremely delicate and appetizing dish.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Trapper Jim showed them how to cook some of the venison in a most appetizing way.

  • One day we will have most appetizing bowls of fish and rice.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Potted bloater is one of the least expensive and appetizing of all potted meats.

    Culture and Cooking Catherine Owen
  • The bananas of this region were found to be especially luscious and appetizing.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Not all the sauces in Christendom could have made it so piquant and appetizing.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • It looked all appetizing and nice; but I could not touch a morsel.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
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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