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appetizing

[ap-i-tahy-zing] /ˈæp ɪˌtaɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
appealing to or stimulating the appetite; savory.
2.
appealing; tempting.
Origin of appetizing
1645-1655
1645-55; appet(ite) + -ize + -ing2, as translation of French appétissant
Related forms
appetizingly, adverb
unappetizing, adjective
unappetizingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See palatable.
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  • The mixture of shredded dried meat and grease did not look very inviting, but its odor, when heated, was not unappetizing.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Mr. Herndon calls them by the dread name of "poor whites," and gives an unappetizing sketch of them.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
  • About the most unappetizing thing I can think of is lumpy mashed potato, or mashed potato that is heavy and unseasoned.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • If too tender it will fall apart and be unappetizing although perfectly good.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • So long as we are warm enough we may relish a very frugal dinner, but a feast is unappetizing in a cold room.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
British Dictionary definitions for unappetizing

unappetizing

/ʌnˈæpɪˌtaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of food) not pleasing or stimulating to the appetite
2.
(of a prospect, person, etc) not appealing or attractive: unappetizing to investors

appetizing

/ˈæpɪˌtaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
pleasing or stimulating to the appetite; delicious; tasty
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Word Origin and History for unappetizing

appetizing

adj.

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

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