Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express appreciation of or eagerness for a tasty food or beverage.
  • interjection Used to express appreciation for something attractive or to express eagerness for a pleasurable experience.

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  • interjection An expression used to indicate delight in regard to a certain food's flavor

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

Examples

  • It won't be the prettiest stuff in the world, but yum is it good.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • It won't be the prettiest stuff in the world, but yum is it good.

    A Kheema And A Chutney

  • LOL....and that indonesian dish..all that food..the riistaffel i think its called yum :

    Off to Amsterdam

  • Compare, for instance, this sentence from Diego Collado's Ars Grammaticae Iaponicae Linguae, a grammar of Japanese written in Latin yum! in 1632:

    languagehat.com: CHINESE 'JEW.'

  • It's called yum, an acronym that will become no clearer when I tell you it stands for Yellow Dog Updater, Modified.

    The Register

  • And I began working on a list of criteria for judgment: something a little more refined than my normal "yum" scale.

    Laura Dave: In Search of America's Best Red Velvet Cake

  • Sadly, for me, their answers were so wide and varied as to what was most essential to an ideal Red Velvet, I began longing for the "yum" scale.

    Laura Dave: In Search of America's Best Red Velvet Cake

  • In addition to sweet, salty, sour, and bitter we have umami--a savory taste intensifier that is the un-namable thing in many foods that makes us say "yum" and go back for seconds.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • If you're a foodie and you get off on seeing every permutation of food and cooking -- mixing, boiling, filleting, spicing, people saying "yum" every ten minutes -- definitely see this movie.

    Printing: Why "Julie & Julia" Stinks

  • If you're a foodie and you get off on seeing every permutation of food and cooking -- mixing, boiling, filleting, spicing, people saying "yum" every ten minutes -- definitely see this movie.

    Why "Julie & Julia" Stinks

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