[mouth-waw-ter-ing, -wot-er-]


very appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description: a mouth-watering dessert.

Origin of mouth-watering

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mouth-watering

Contemporary Examples of mouth-watering

Historical Examples of mouth-watering

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

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • There was a cheerful, mouth-watering smell of cookery on the air, a garlicky smell, with now and then a whiff of spicy wood smoke.

  • Then followed a list of mouth-watering delicacies, the very names of which we had almost forgotten.

  • Keekie Joe gazed upon this scene of mouth-watering ruin with eyes spellbound.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

Word Origin and History for mouth-watering

1822, from mouth (n.) + water (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper