Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Appetite Etymology

 The appetite is a part of the body, and so its etymology should be able to be traced by looking at the root words in English for body parts. Body parts can also have other meanings like an object in mathematics, which gives us some interesting insights into human language!

The word 'appetite' has an interesting history. In the 14th century, it was written as appetit (meaning desire). Also, during the 15th and 16th centuries, it was spelled to appear like 'appeete'. A major shift in spelling happened between 1780-1830 where the letter a became e.

The meaning of 'appetite' has always been about appetite for food or drink, but it only recently came to mean the desire for anything. The etymology is most likely connected to French word app├ętit, which means a desire for something.

The etymology of other words related to appetite are also interesting. Words like 'appetency' and 'appetite' in Latin are derived from appetere, which means "to desire

The word appetite is derived from the Latin verb appetere, which means "to desire".

Another interesting word is 'appetizing', which means "to arouse the appetite".

appetite etymology


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