[ tooth-suh m ]
/ ˈtuθ səm /


pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish.
pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde.

Origin of toothsome

First recorded in 1545–55; tooth + -some1
Related formstooth·some·ly, adverbtooth·some·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toothsome


/ (ˈtuːθsəm) /


of delicious or appetizing appearance, flavour, or smell
attractive; alluring
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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