[ ap-i-tahy-zing ]
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  1. appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.

  2. appealing; tempting.

Origin of appetizing

First recorded in 1645–55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant

synonym study For appetizing

1. See palatable.

Other words from appetizing

  • ap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·ap·pe·tiz·ing, adjective
  • un·ap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby appetizing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appetizing in a sentence

  • The Bee Pollen juice looked appetizing and resembled a juice I routinely enjoy that consists of pineapple, apple, and lime.

    We Were Gwyneth’s GOOP Guinea Pigs | Erin Cunningham, Olivia Nuzzi | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • We don't always feel equal passion for an idea,” says Michelle, “but personally working together is so appetizing.

  • If none of these options seems appetizing, bear in mind that it can always get worse.

  • The andouillette, a sausage made from pork and horse tripes, did not strike me as especially appetizing.

    My Horsemeat Lunch | Christopher Dickey | February 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • When Sweeney first meets the baker, her business is in the dumps and her pies are less than appetizing.

    12 Craziest Pie Scenes | Marlow Stern | November 21, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The big black pots swinging from the cranes had bubbled and gurgled and shaken and sent out puffs of appetizing steam.St.

    The First Christmas Tree | Henry Van Dyke
  • It was not, however, pere Kontzen's terrace nor his appetizing fried dishes that drew them on.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • The savory ham was very appetizing, the Deacon was very hungry, and the argument was sophistical.

  • The steaming coffee and hot milk and the fresh white bread Apollonie had prepared looked very appetizing to him.

    Maezli | Johanna Spyri
  • But we must all eat every day of our lives, and appetizing food prettily served adds much to the comfort of the day.

    Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

British Dictionary definitions for appetizing



/ (ˈæpɪˌtaɪzɪŋ) /

  1. pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty

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