Etymology: Toothsome

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

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There are many words one can use to describe something that takes their fancy; for example, attractive, nice, or delicious, even. But how about toothsome? Toothsome can be used to describe someone who is agreeable or attractive, or, if referencing food, something that is delicious and to your taste. You could say that you ate a particularly toothsome meal, or that someone has quite toothsomely characteristics.

It was first recorded in the 1560s as a word originally only used as a way of describing a tasty dish, but eventually its meaning extended to refer to people. However, it is not to be confused with the word toothy, usually used to refer to someone having large or numerous teeth.

The word toothsome is still used today, though not as widely as it once was. You now know, however, just one other way to describe a delicious meal or a handsome individual, if ever you felt ‘tasty’ or ‘attractive’ just wasn’t cutting it.

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