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[tooth-suh m] /ˈtuθ səm/
pleasing to the taste; palatable:
a toothsome dish.
pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
voluptuous; sexually alluring:
a toothsome blonde.
Origin of toothsome
First recorded in 1545-55; tooth + -some1
Related forms
toothsomely, adverb
toothsomeness, noun Unabridged
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  • Or did they see in this lone figure an easy victory and a toothsome feast?

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • We are weary of the ceaseless resurrections of that once so toothsome dish.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • The undergrowth was swarming with rabbits, and they would make most toothsome food.

    The Young Trailers Joseph A. Altsheler
  • A raw fish seemed to him the most toothsome morsel in the world.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • Friendly reader, it is really neither half so wholesome, nor half so toothsome.

  • There was a sequel, however, to the toothsome feast, a bitter dessert.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Such a turkey as it proved to be, so succulent, so toothsome, with such a flavor!

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • That turtle later appeared on our table, and toothsome he was!

  • So the average dog would have gulped this toothsome windfall in a single swallow; but Wolf was not the average dog.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • It was a most nourishing and toothsome repast that they made.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for toothsome


of delicious or appetizing appearance, flavour, or smell
attractive; alluring
Derived Forms
toothsomely, adverb
toothsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for toothsome

"pleasant to the taste," 1560s; the figurative sense of "attractive" (1550s) is a bit older; from tooth + -some (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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