appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
appealing; tempting.

Origin of appetizing

1645–55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related formsap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·pe·tiz·ing, adjectiveun·ap·pe·tiz·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for appetizing

1. See palatable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unappetizing

Contemporary Examples of unappetizing

Historical Examples of unappetizing

  • She did not add that the cold lunch had been so unappetizing she had not touched it.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • He spread his blanket and drew from his pack the unappetizing food.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • How poorly the food was cooked, how unappetizing was the serving!

  • He threw a doleful glance at the unappetizing tea in Sara's cup.

    The Hermit of Far End

    Margaret Pedler

  • Another specialty of Cornwall are the yellow saffron cakes, so unappetizing in appearance to those unused to them.


    G. E. Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for unappetizing




(of food) not pleasing or stimulating to the appetite
(of a prospect, person, etc) not appealing or attractiveunappetizing to investors




pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
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Word Origin and History for unappetizing



"exciting desire or hunger," 1650s, from appetite on model of present participle adjective forms in -ing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper