Definitions

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

  • adj. Splendid; delectable: "Normandy . . . where the bosky landscape is enchanting [and the pen] inadequate to describe the scrumptious food and wine” ( Daily Telegraph). See Synonyms at delicious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Delicious; delectable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Nice; particular; fastidious; excellent; fine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fine; nice; particular; fastidious.
  • Delightful; first-rate: as, scrumptious weather.

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

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of sumptuous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably an alteration of sumptuous. First noted in 1836. Originally meant "stylish, splendid". For example, a 1864 dictionary of slang lists the meanings of "nice, particular, beautiful". In the sense of "delicious" - from 1881. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not only would I not have even known what a scone was had he not made some for me, but I have got no place using the word scrumptious in every day conversations.

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  • Amyless - scrumptious is definitely the word I would use to describe Zach:) We have had a a little Zach teaser before now, haven't we?

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  • Is it just me or I just didn’t know that the bishie goddess from scrumptious is actually Filipino; biankita is also one; and also you hazy?!?!

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  • For those of you who've never had pumpkin butter before, you're pretty much guaranteed to love it... unless you don't go for things that are completely scrumptious, that is.

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  • Le Viette can only be described as scrumptious and tasty.

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  • For example, I now know the proper definition of "scrumptious," have been reminded that Ian Fleming wrote the book on which the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was based, and have learned that "Truly Scrumptious" does not appear in the book, but was invented for the film.

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  • He and my mother really hit it off, and when they were comparing reading taste, he charmed her by pronouncing Barth's prose "scrumptious".

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  • Whit, our self-described "scrumptious" seminarian in Ohio, needs a lead on finding himself a trench coat for under $100.

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  • I'm never gonna live that 'scrumptious' comment down, am I?

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  • I even heard one old lady describe them as "scrumptious"!

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  • "How scrumptious!" she cried. "I say, you must come and stay with us. Come now!" - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

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