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[mouth-waw-ter-ing, -wot-er-] /ˈmaʊθˌwɔ tər ɪŋ, -ˌwɒt ər-/
very appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description:
a mouth-watering dessert.
Origin of mouth-watering
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mouth-watering
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  • It was a superb and mouth-watering close-up, to use the film phrase.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • There was a cheerful, mouth-watering smell of cookery on the air, a garlicky smell, with now and then a whiff of spicy wood smoke.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Then followed a list of mouth-watering delicacies, the very names of which we had almost forgotten.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • Keekie Joe gazed upon this scene of mouth-watering ruin with eyes spellbound.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Word Origin and History for mouth-watering

1822, from mouth (n.) + water (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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