Definition of appetite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈapɪtʌɪt/


1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food: he has a healthy appetite [mass noun]: they suffered from loss of appetite
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  • 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.
hunger, ravenousness, hungriness, need for food;
taste, palate;
desire, relish;
voracity, greed, gluttony, stomach
rare edacity, esurience
1.1A strong desire or liking for something: her appetite for life
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  • 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.
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


Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus 'desire for', from appetere 'seek after', from ad- 'to' + petere 'seek'.

  • ‘Seeking’ and ‘desire’ are involved in appetite, which comes via Old French from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’.

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