Definitions

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  • adj. Causing one to want to have more

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as morish.

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Examples

  • The only downside is that the recipes are very moreish, which is not good for the waistline.

  • There are doldrums in the power curve in the early teens, the goodies which the RPG overlay once dispensed so freely become more scarce, but the basic classes and their interplay expresses the "moreish" shape of a shooter you intended to quit playing at eleven but only emerged from at midnight.

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  • Clearly moreish – Rowling started to depend on it as her series wore on.

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  • Although I'm surprised to find I miss the faint tanginess Nigella's sour cream imparted although full marks for accuracy, Marcus, this is the first cheesecake I find myself actively picking at as I portion it out – it is indeed deliciously smooth, rather than fluffy, and really quite moreish.

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  • It is rare for a salad bar to set the pulse racing, but the one at Peppers is a real treat: thick glossy coleslaw; an interesting colourful mix of giant couscous and vegetables; and a moreish savoury amalgam of wild rice, peppers and seeds.

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  • Most thrillingly of all football's evil is a "performative" evil: it is seductive and moreish, a deliciously vital evil that simply demands to be heard.

    It's time to admit football is pure evil | Barney Ronay

  • Although surprisingly moist, thanks to the stock indeed, the contrast between the crisp exterior and the squidgy middle is horribly moreish, the combination of parsley, garlic and breadcrumbs reminds me of a very fancy loaf of garlic bread – and all but overpowers the sweet flavour of the cashews.

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  • But Keys was an excellent broadcaster, particularly on those meandering Champions League nights when, denuded of the one-paced Gray, he could instead coyly tease out the musings of a rotating triumvirate of stool-bound eminences: flinty, moreish Graeme Souness, the Tigger-like Jamie Redknapp and Ruud Gullit, whom I once saw refer to Keys as "a weasel" twice in 10 seconds, with no hint of fondness or irony.

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  • I woke up next morning with a staggeringly bad hangover – sadly Barrilito's divine taste also makes it unbelievably moreish.

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  • "Users told us there were terrible comedowns with mephedrone, but it was rather moreish," Measham said.

    Mephedrone is more popular than ecstasy among UK clubbers despite being banned

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  • You may hate "moreish" but it is more interesting than you think. Candidates for earliest usage are 1690 and 1738! The original spelling was "morish". Quite commonly you see it spelled "moorish", wrongly castigated by "experts" as a spelling mistake, this is simply a play on words - used for example by an Agatha Christie character. This works because the southern English can't pronounce "oo" correctly.

    February 7, 2012

  • I hate this word too.

    November 11, 2007

  • Hate this word. Here's a definition.

    November 10, 2007