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Calque of French appétissant, French -ant being equivalent to -ing. See also appetite

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appetizing (comparative more appetizing, superlative most appetizing)

  1. That appeals to, or stimulates the appetite.
    This food looks so appetizing.
  2. (by extension) Appealing or enticing.

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appetizing (usually uncountable, plural appetizings)

  1. any food traditionally eaten with a bagel, as an accompaniment, topping or filling; including dairy products and pareve but not meat
    • 2019 January 23, Yamit Behar Wood, “The Appetizing World of Murray’s”, in Jewish Journal:
      And of all the foods that are represented in the city, perhaps none has remained so tied to Jewish tradition and identity as appetizings.
    • 2020 November 11, Joshua David Stein, “Good-bye to the Lox Sherpa of Russ & Daughters”, in Grub Street:
      Alina Sheffi, a slicer at Russ & Daughters, stands at her usual spot in the long, narrow space behind the glass display case full of cream cheese, sides of lox, pickled herring, white fish, schmaltz, and all other manner of appetizing.

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  1. present participle and gerund of appetize