Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Appealing to or stimulating the appetite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That appeals to, or stimulates the appetite.
  • v. Present participle of appetize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exciting appetite.
  • adv. So as to excite appetite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exciting an appetite; giving a relish for food: as, “it could not be very appetizing,” Mrs. Gaskell. Hence— Stimulating or awakening any desire; exciting interest or curiosity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma

Etymologies

Calque of French appétissant, -ant being equivalent to -ing. See also appetite (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "They are what I call appetizing," she said quaintly.

    Mistress Anne

  • "We'll pit these two odors one against the other," he remarked; "though I am bound to admit that the only time a frying fish does really smell good and appetizing is when it has been dead about twenty minutes, and is cooking over a camp-fire."

    The Shagganappi

  • Well, there probably won't be any crumpets, but I might bring some kind of totally unappetizing wheat-free treats (I call the appetizing ones chocolate bars and Skittles but I am trying to stop eating them as a replacement for bread).

    [i] LoveLife

  • A smoked-fish platter takes almost no time to prepare, but delivers lush flavors that can make even shy guests elbow their way to the buffet no wonder Jewish seafood specialty shops have traditionally been called "appetizing stores".

    Holy Smokeds

  • Minick called appetizing, and a great coil of smooth dark hair.

    Gigolo

  • By filtering sunlight and mixing selected wavelengths in what Keats calls "appetizing combinations" for plants that are used to savagely foraging on whatever solar sustenance they can find, Keats is humorously reminding a gluttonous humanity how much it takes its flora for granted.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Apple, however, didn't find the idea appetizing and slapped a "no user functionality" stamp on it.

    Macworld

  • The outer chocolate coating is thin, with faint striations on the top to give it that "appetizing" look that a clod of chocolate just doesn't have.

    Nestle Tex Bar From South Africa

  • Make them look appetizing, meaning, you know, have apples lying out on the counter.

    CNN Transcript Dec 25, 2003

  • He gambled freely, drank heavily and gave midnight champagne suppers enlivened by "appetizing" vaudeville, to prominent ladies of the demi-monde.

    Bought and Paid For From the Play of George Broadhurst

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