• Appetite

    Pronunciation

    • US IPA: /ˈæp.ə.taɪt/
    • Homophones: apatite

    Origin

    Middle English appetit, from Old French apetit (French appétit), from Latin appetitus, from appetere ("to strive after, long for"); ad + petere ("to seek"). See petition, and compare with appetence.

    Full definition of appetite

    Noun

    appetite

    (plural appetites)
    1. Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.
      • 1922, Ben Travers, A Cuckoo in the Nest Chapter 5, The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it.
    2. Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.
      • unknown date Jeremy Taylor (1613–1677)If God had given to eagles an appetite to swim.
      • unknown date Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)To gratify the vulgar appetite for the marvelous.
    3. The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.
      • unknown date Richard Hooker (1554-1600)The object of appetite is whatsoever sensible good may be wished for; the object of will is that good which reason does lead us to seek.
    4. A taste, preference.
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