- 1 [with object] Taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it to the full: gourmets will want to savour our game specialitiesMore example sentences
- Both routes of feeding were physically unnatural and all I wanted was that exhilarating feeling of smelling, tasting and savouring food in my mouth again.
- She ate it slowly, savoring each morsel of food that went in her mouth.
- Do not gulp down your food; savor each mouthful and chew well before you swallow.
- 1.1Enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) to the full, especially by lingering over it: I wanted to savour every momentMore example sentences
- Yet still we lingered, savoring the last moments of the magical afternoon.
- You try to live life to the fullest, savouring every moment, for you never know what the morrow may bring - or if there will be a morrow for you.
- Sloan breathed deep, enjoying and savoring the moment.
- 2 [no object] (savour of) Have a suggestion or trace of (a quality or attribute, typically one considered bad): their genuflections savoured of superstition and poperyMore example sentences
- The promise of endless variety savours of sameness, and we blame ourselves for being spoilt or ignorant, unimaginative, ungrateful and unfulfilled.
- That would savour of something like treachery, a kind of anti-supporting of your own team.
- Too much liberty of this kind savours of a luxuriant ungovernable fancy and borders on enthusiasm.
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- 1A characteristic taste, flavour, or smell, especially a pleasant one: the subtle savour of wood smokeMore example sentences
- What's needed is a flesh whose savour runs deep because its fats are dispersed, in fine grains, throughout the meat.
- Their salted and smoked meat was useful to give savour to otherwise stodgy dishes, and was especially important for the poor.
- The notes of nut and marmalade add great savour to rashers and crispy black pudding.
- 1.1A suggestion or trace, typically of something bad.More example sentences
- It has the savor of disease about it and you immediately wonder what sort of agenda lies behind it.
- His casualness irritated Adriana; it had the savor of a deliberate affront.
- The air had a metallic savour and my throat suddenly went dry.
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- Women would find a world without men flat and savourless; it is men who dream of a world without women.
- Her eyes trailed back down to her now savorless cup of coffee.
- Arun shook his head and forced more of his savorless meal into his mouth.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere 'to taste'.