"make hungry," 1782 (implied in appetized), irregularly formed (on model of verbs in -ize) from appetite, or else a back-formation from appetizing.

Nearby words

  1. appetence,
  2. appetency,
  3. appetite,
  4. appetitive,
  5. appetitive behavior,
  6. appetizer,
  7. appetizing,
  8. appia,
  9. appia, adolphe,
  10. appian way

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for appetize

  • I fear my rude ways will not appetize you, but I can only offer you what cheer I have.

    The Lucky Piece|Albert Bigelow Paine