[ ap-i-tahyt ]
/ ˈæp ɪˌtaɪt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. appersonation,
  2. appertain,
  3. appestat,
  4. appetence,
  5. appetency,
  6. appetitive,
  7. appetitive behavior,
  8. appetize,
  9. appetizer,
  10. appetizing

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 confusedapatite appetite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appetite


/ (ˈæpɪˌtaɪt) /


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 Formsappetitive (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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Word Origin and History for appetite



c.1300, "craving for food," from Anglo-French appetit, Old French apetit (13c.) "appetite, desire, eagerness," from Latin appetitus "appetite," literally "desire toward," from appetitus, past participle of appetere "to long for, desire; strive for, grasp at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + petere "go to, seek out" (see petition (n.)).

Of other desires or cravings, from late 14c. As an adjective form, OED lists appetitious (1650s) and appetitual (1610s) as "obsolete," but appetitive (1570s) continues.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for appetite


[ ăpĭ-tīt′ ]


An instinctive physical desire, as for food or sex.

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Idioms and Phrases with appetite


see whet one's appetite

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