What does appetite mean?

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ˈæp ɪˌtaɪtap·petite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appetite, appetency, appetencenoun

    a feeling of craving something

    "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks


  1. appetitenoun

    Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.

  2. appetitenoun

    Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.

  3. appetitenoun

    The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.

    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. --Richard Hooker.

  4. Etymology: appetit, from apetit (appétit), from appetitus, from appetere; ad + petere. See petition, and compare with appetence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APPETITEnoun

    Etymology: appetitus, Lat.

    The will properly and strictly taken, as it is of things which are referred unto the end that men desireth, differeth greatly from that inferiour natural desire, which we call appetite. 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. Richard Hooker, b. i. § 7.

    Why, she should hang on him,
    As if increase of appetite had grown
    By what it fed on. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Urge his hateful luxury,
    And bestial appetite in change of lust. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Each tree
    Loaden with fairest fruit, that hung to th’ eye
    Tempting, stirr’d in me sudden appetite
    To pluck and eat. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    There is continual abundance which creates such an appetite in your reader, that he is not cloyed with any thing, but satisfied with all. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedicat.

    No man could enjoy his life, his wife, or goods, if a mightier man had an appetite to take the same from him. John Davies, on Irel.

    Hopton had an extraordinary appetite to engage Waller in a battle. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Power being the natural appetite of princes, a limited monarch cannot gratify it. Jonathan Swift.

    There be four principal causes of appetite: the refrigeration of the stomach, joined with some dryness; contraction; vellication, and abstersion; besides hunger, which is an emptiness. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 831.

    The new officer’s nature needed some restraint to his immoderate appetite of power. Edward Hyde.

    We have generally such an appetite to praise, that we greedily suck it in. Government of the Tongue, § 8.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appetitenoun

    the desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind

  2. Appetitenoun

    desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger

  3. Appetitenoun

    any strong desire; an eagerness or longing

  4. Appetitenoun

    tendency; appetency

  5. Appetitenoun

    the thing desired


  1. Appetite

    Appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. Appetite exists in all higher life-forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs. It is regulated by a close interplay between the digestive tract, adipose tissue and the brain. Appetite has a relationship with every individual's behavior. Appetitive and consummatory behaviours are the only processes that involve energy intake, whereas all other behaviours affect the release of energy. When stressed, appetite levels may increase and result in an increase of food intake. Decreased desire to eat is termed anorexia, while polyphagia is increased eating. Dysregulation of appetite contributes to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, cachexia, overeating, and binge eating disorder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appetite

    ap′pet-īt, n. physical craving, accompanied with uneasy sensation (hunger, thirst, sex): natural desire: inclination: desire for food: hunger (with for).—adjs. Ap′petible, Ap′petitive.—v.t. Ap′petise, to create or whet appetite.—ns. Appetise′ment; Appetis′er, something which whets the appetite.—p.adj. Appetis′ing.—adv. Appetis′ingly. [Through Fr., from L. appetitus, appetĕre.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Appetite

    Natural recurring desire for food. Alterations may induced by APPETITE DEPRESSANTS or APPETITE STIMULANTS.

Editors Contribution

  1. appetite

    A natural desire to eat food.

    Our appetite to eat food changes when we exercise regularly.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appetite' in Nouns Frequency: #2913

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appetite in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appetite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of appetite in a Sentence

  1. Joshua Matz:

    There is a real appetite on the part of the conservative majority to rapidly expand the Free Exercise Clause while shrinking the Establishment Clause to a vanishing point.

  2. Jorge Piedrahita:

    There is appetite for yield and for paper that is not involved in the legal saga.

  3. Jacqueline Chan:

    Sovereign wealth funds are well placed to make large bets... given their deep access to capital and their risk appetite for growth investments.

  4. Youssef Zohny:

    It looks like the market was pretty pleased with the U.S. jobs report this morning, and that's led to some risk appetite, energy has been on a nice run, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a pullback.

  5. Terry Sandven:

    At the moment perhaps the biggest risk is not raising rates which would be a no confidence vote in the U.S. economy, fuelling investor angst and reducing near-term appetite for equities.

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