toothsome (adj.) "pleasant to the taste," 1560s; the figurative sense of "attractive" (1550s) is a bit older; from TOOTH (Cf. tooth) + -SOME (Cf. -some).

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  • Toothsome — Tooth some, a. Grateful to the taste; palatable. {Tooth some*ly}, adv. {Tooth some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] Though less toothsome to me, they were more wholesome for me. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toothsome — index palatable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • toothsome — *palatable, appetizing, savory, sapid, tasty, flavorsome, relishing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • toothsome — [adj] delicious adorable, ambrosial, appetizing, delectable, delightful, divine, flavorful, good, heavenly, luscious, lush, mouthwatering, nectarous, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, rich, savory, scrumptious, sweet, tasteful, tasty,… …   New thesaurus

  • toothsome — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of food) temptingly tasty. 2) informal attractive; alluring …   English terms dictionary

  • toothsome — [to͞oth′səm] adj. [ TOOTH + SOME1] 1. pleasing to the taste; palatable 2. attractive, esp. sexually attractive toothsomely adv. toothsomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • toothsome — adjective Date: 1551 1. a. agreeable, attractive b. sexually attractive < a toothsome blonde > 2. of palatable flavor and pleasing texture ; delicious < crisp toothsome fried chicken > Synonyms: see palatable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toothsome — toothsomely, adv. toothsomeness, n. /toohth seuhm/, adj. 1. pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish. 2. pleasing or desirable, as fame or power. 3. voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde. [1545 55; TOOTH + SOME1] * * * …   Universalium

  • toothsome — adjective a) Delicious. Its a lot nicer than going round by the road; that is so dusty and hot, said Diana practically, peeping into her dinner basket and mentally calculating if the three juicy, toothsome, raspberry tarts reposing there were… …   Wiktionary

  • toothsome — [[t]tu͟ːθsəm[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe food as toothsome, you mean that it tastes very good. ...the toothsome honey sweetened gingerbread …   English dictionary

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