- appetite [ap′ə tīt΄]n.[OFr apetit < L appetitus, eager desire for < appetere, to strive after < ad-, to + petere, desire: see FEATHER]1. a desire to satisfy some craving of the body; specif., a desire for food, or, sometimes, a desire for some specific food2. any strong desire or craving [an appetite for knowledge]appetitive [ap′ətīt΄iv]adj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.