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[tooth-suh m]
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  1. pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish.
  2. pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
  3. voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde.
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Origin of toothsome

First recorded in 1545–55; tooth + -some1
Related formstooth·some·ly, adverbtooth·some·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • We are weary of the ceaseless resurrections of that once so toothsome dish.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

  • They were quite large, and were a toothsome morsel for hungry men.

  • It wasn't simply that they were so toothsome, but that they were somehow so important and so historic.

  • A raw fish seemed to him the most toothsome morsel in the world.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout

    Alfred Bishop Mason

  • Such a turkey as it proved to be, so succulent, so toothsome, with such a flavor!

    Six Girls and Bob

    Marion Ames Taggart

British Dictionary definitions for toothsome


  1. of delicious or appetizing appearance, flavour, or smell
  2. attractive; alluring
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Derived Formstoothsomely, adverbtoothsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for toothsome


"pleasant to the taste," 1560s; the figurative sense of "attractive" (1550s) is a bit older; from tooth + -some (1).

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