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


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1. See palatable.
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  • 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



  1. 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.

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