appetite

[ ap-i-tahyt ]
/ ˈæp ɪˌtaɪt /

noun

a desire for food or drink: I have no appetite for lunch today.
a desire to satisfy any bodily need or craving.
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

Can be confused

apatite appetite
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British Dictionary definitions for appetite

appetite

/ (ˈæpɪˌtaɪt) /

noun

a desire for food or drink
a desire to satisfy a bodily craving, as for sexual pleasure
(usually foll by for) a desire, liking, or willingnessa great appetite for work

Derived Forms

appetitive (əˈpɛtɪtɪv, ˈæpɪˌtaɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for appetite

C14: from Old French apetit, from Latin appetītus a craving, from appetere to desire ardently
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Medicine definitions for appetite

appetite

[ ăpĭ-tīt′ ]

n.

An instinctive physical desire, as for food or sex.
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Idioms and Phrases with appetite

appetite


see whet one's appetite

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