Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Delicious; luscious: a toothsome pie. See Synonyms at delicious.
  • adj. Pleasant; attractive: a toothsome offer.
  • adj. Sexually attractive or exciting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Delicious.
  • adj. Sexually attractive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Grateful to the taste; palatable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Palatable; pleasing to the taste; relishing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  • adj. having strong sexual appeal
  • adj. acceptable to the taste or mind

Etymologies

tooth +‎ -some (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kev's roasted root-veg dish (above) is a huge hit, as is Bryan's goat cheese ravioli, and it's a battle of the short ribs for their meat courses: B's comes fig-glazed and flavorful, while K's ropy - sorry, "toothsome" - presentation with polenta is slightly less well-received.

    The Clog

  • "I like to call it toothsome or dense meat," says McLagan.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • I dislike intensely two words often found in food writing "toothsome" and "veggies".

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Not sure why, but they both make my skin crawl or in the case of "toothsome", my teeth itch.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • That funny-looking squash became part of a toothsome sage risotto; the quince jam is delicious on the bread we also bought.

    Linda Novick O'Keefe: Octoberliscious

  • "We shall have flapjacks fried in bacon grease, and sugar, which is more toothsome —"

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • Another superb actor, Bill Nighy—he was the voice of Davy Jones in the "Pirates" films—is Rattlesnake Jake, Rango's toothsome, slithersome nemesis.

    Lizard Tale 'Rango': Clever, Coldblooded

  • Add the remaining collards and cook, covered at first for about half the time and then uncovered until tender but still toothsome.

    Ris Lacoste: Easy Like a Sunday Morning

  • Therefore, we need the Greenback to gain strength, because our depreciated dollar looks more toothsome to the American consumer.

    Outsourcing, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • 'Dracula' 1992 Gary Oldman stars in the toothsome title role of what is also known as "Bram Stoker's Dracula" or "Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula"; the title variants may have been efforts to avoid litigation by Universal Studios, which had laid claim to ownership of the title "Dracula" plain and simple.

    Nervy 'Young Adult' Dazzles by the Book

Comments

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  • This word does not have the definition that it must, and therefore I will redefine it thus: interesting by virtue of texture, having a (or multiple layers of) teeth-massaging texture, interestingly and mysteriously detailed. I want this word to be attached, as I find it to be, to items that are delicious particularly because of their texture as experienced by the teeth, like the tough-crunch to smooth-melt of creme brulet or the gritty soft twisty melting web of cotton candy. It should extend to conversations and other non-food things that are interesting and enjoyable because of their many layers and delicious turns and nuances. And so it is!

    May 30, 2011

  • Dontcry has been described as this (see teeth), but in which of the five senses listed by Wordnet?

    July 30, 2008