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Toothsome

[TOOTH-səm]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: English, mid-16th century

1.

(of food) temptingly tasty.

2.

(of a person) good-looking; attractive.

Examples of Toothsome in a sentence

"The dessert case was bursting with toothsome pastries and pies."

"Look beyond his toothsome exterior and get to know his personality a bit."

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About Toothsome

When talking about food, toothsome is usually paired with a diminutive noun: morsel, tidbit, nibble. These delicate bites just seem more toothsome than a big hunk of cheese or an oversized value meal.

Did you Know?

You look good enough to eat! The original usage of toothsome meant a general sense of attractiveness, going all the way back to Chaucer's time. But if we're talking about teeth, eating comes into play, and it just makes sense that the definition evolved into tasty.

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