- 1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food: he has a healthy appetite [mass noun]: they suffered from loss of appetiteMore example sentences
- We can choose to satisfy out appetites with healthy food, eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full.
- Just at this time he made a discovery that helped him satisfy their new appetite for solid food.
- These characters will do anything to satisfy their appetites, whether for food, drink, or sex.
- 1.1A strong desire or liking for something: her appetite for lifeMore example sentences
craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, thirst, passion, relish, lust, love, zest, gusto, avidity, ardour; need, demand, urge, addiction, itch, ache; enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness; desire, liking, fancy, inclination, propensity, proclivity, partiality• informal yen• formal appetency
- The strong appetite for a piece of Ireland was often shallow, faddish and dishonest.
- One had appetites and ambitions, talents and desires, capacities and potential, drive and vision, questions and curiosity.
- Rather something arouses us and accustoms our appetites and our desires to that which expands our longing.
Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus 'desire for', from appetere 'seek after', from ad- 'to' + petere 'seek'.