[ ap-i-tahyt ]
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  1. a desire for food or drink: I have no appetite for lunch today.

  2. a desire to satisfy any bodily need or craving.

  1. a desire or liking for something; fondness; taste: an appetite for power; an appetite for pleasure.

Origin of appetite

1275–1325; Middle English appetit (<Anglo-French ) <Latin appetītus natural desire, equivalent to appetī- (variant stem of appetere;see appetence) + -tus suffix of v. action

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British Dictionary definitions for appetite


/ (ˈæpɪˌtaɪt) /

  1. a desire for food or drink

  2. a desire to satisfy a bodily craving, as for sexual pleasure

  1. (usually foll by for) a desire, liking, or willingness: a great appetite for work

Origin of appetite

C14: from Old French apetit, from Latin appetītus a craving, from appetere to desire ardently

Derived forms of appetite

  • appetitive (əˈpɛtɪtɪv, ˈæpɪˌtaɪtɪv), adjective

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see whet one's appetite

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