appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
appealing; tempting.

Origin of appetizing

1645–55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related formsap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·pe·tiz·ing, adjectiveun·ap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for appetizing

1. See palatable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appetizing

Contemporary Examples of appetizing

  • We don't always feel equal passion for an idea,” says Michelle, “but personally working together is so appetizing.

  • When Sweeney first meets the baker, her business is in the dumps and her pies are less than appetizing.

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    12 Craziest Pie Scenes

    Marlow Stern

    November 21, 2011

  • Few aromas are as appetizing as the commingling of sautéing onions and grilling beef.

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    The Perfect Cheesesteak

    Tom McAllister

    May 18, 2010

Historical Examples of appetizing

  • This you will find an extremely delicate and appetizing dish.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Trapper Jim showed them how to cook some of the venison in a most appetizing way.

  • One day we will have most appetizing bowls of fish and rice.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • Potted bloater is one of the least expensive and appetizing of all potted meats.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • The bananas of this region were found to be especially luscious and appetizing.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for appetizing




pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
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Word Origin and History for appetizing

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper