From 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.



appetite (countable and uncountable, plural appetites)

  1. Desire to eat food or consume drink.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle in The Adventure of Black Peter:
      And I return with an excellent appetite. There can be no question, my dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      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.
    • 1985, Susan Mullane, “Going for some gusto in the kitchen”, in National Fisherman[1], page 78:
      Though the breweries were forced to shut down, the dry spell did little more than whet the public's appetite for beer: Records show that within the first 24 hours after Congress lifted the ban [Prohibition] in 1933, Americans guzzled 1 million barrels of the stuff.
  2. Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.
  3. The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.
    appetite for reading
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      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.


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  1. second-person plural present indicative of appetire
  2. second-person plural imperative of appetire



  1. feminine plural of the past participle of appetire




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of appetō