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yum Syllabification: yum
(also yum-yum) informal

Definition of yum in English:


Used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, a particular food.
Example sentences
  • We all had some great Australian wines with our dinners - yum!
  • It's fun to see what they'll give me next though - yum!
  • This lotion smells like fresh-cut flowers and a warm breeze… yum!


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(Of food) delicious.
Example sentences
  • It's nice to find a veggie restaurant serving yum food
  • All these piles of lettuce, yum healthy eating.
  • His barbecued pork chow is a great big sloppy dish of yum.


Late 19th century: imitative.

  • Since the 1870s our natural response to eating tasty food has been represented in writing as yum or yum-yum, and delicious food has been described as yummy. In about 1993 yummy found a new use—a young, stylish, attractive, mother, particularly a celebrity photographed with her cute child, was called a yummy mummy.

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