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appetizing

[ap-i-tahy-zing] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
2.
appealing; tempting.
Origin of appetizing
1645-1655
1645-55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related forms
appetizingly, adverb
unappetizing, adjective
unappetizingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unappetizing
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  • She did not add that the cold lunch had been so unappetizing she had not touched it.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • He spread his blanket and drew from his pack the unappetizing food.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • How poorly the food was cooked, how unappetizing was the serving!

  • He threw a doleful glance at the unappetizing tea in Sara's cup.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler
  • Another specialty of Cornwall are the yellow saffron cakes, so unappetizing in appearance to those unused to them.

    Cornwall G. E. Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for unappetizing

unappetizing

/ʌnˈæpɪˌtaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of food) not pleasing or stimulating to the appetite
2.
(of a prospect, person, etc) not appealing or attractive: unappetizing to investors

appetizing

/ˈæpɪˌtaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
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Word Origin and History for unappetizing

appetizing

adj.

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

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