[ mouth-waw-ter-ing, -wot-er- ]
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  1. very appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description: a mouth-watering dessert.

Origin of mouth-watering

First recorded in 1815–25

Words Nearby mouth-watering Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mouth-watering in a sentence

  • When I came to serve the dessert Sally was watching me with her eagle eye and her mouth watering.

  • It was a superb and mouth-watering close-up, to use the film phrase.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift | Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • She had golden hair, large violet eyes, a smile that would melt a Loyola, and diamonds that set every woman's mouth watering.

    Werwolves | Elliott O'Donnell
  • One reads of it, his mouth watering and his stomach crying out.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street | Grant Martin Overton
  • Within a quarter of an hour there arose a savoury odour that set David's mouth watering.

    Under the Chinese Dragon | F. S. Brereton

British Dictionary definitions for mouthwatering


/ (ˈmaʊθˌwɔːtərɪŋ) /

  1. whetting the appetite, as from smell, appearance, or description

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