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[ap-i-tahy-zing] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zɪŋ/
appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
appealing; tempting.
Origin of appetizing
1645-55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related forms
appetizingly, adverb
unappetizing, adjective
unappetizingly, adverb
1. See palatable. Unabridged
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  • However, the little meal was so appetizing, and the guest seemed so frankly appreciative, that conversation soon flowed freely.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • This you will find an extremely delicate and appetizing dish.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Here an appetizing supper had been laid ready upon the table and a couple of tallow candles burned in pewter sconces.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • Trapper Jim showed them how to cook some of the venison in a most appetizing way.

  • Mary exclaimed as she ate with a relish the appetizing soup.

  • One day we will have most appetizing bowls of fish and rice.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • This was amusing to me, and furnished the flies with healthful, appetizing exercise, but was bad for Dick's soul.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for appetizing


pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appetizing

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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