- [ countable usually singular, uncountable] a desire for food :
- Her husband always had a huge appetite.
- Symptoms include tiredness and loss of appetite.
- [ countable ] a desire or liking for a particular activity
- She has an amazing appetite for knowledge.
- People seem to have an insatiable appetite (= always wanting more of sth) for news of any kind.
a good/healthy appetite
- Growing children should have a healthy appetite.
- It’s healthy to have a good appetite.
a big/huge/enormous appetite
- By the time Ron was 16 he had an enormous appetite.
a poor appetite
- A poor appetite may be a sign of illness.
a small appetite
- My aunt only had a small appetite.
have an appetite
- There’s lots of food – I hope you have a good appetite.
lose your appetite
- She was so miserable that she completely lost her appetite.
give somebody an appetite ( also stimulate your appetite formal )
- The exercise and fresh air had given us an appetite.
- Exercise usually gives me an appetite.
- The aroma of the herbs and spices helps stimulate the appetite.
spoil/ruin your appetite (= make you not feel like eating a meal )
- Don’t give the children any more sweets – it will spoil their appetite.
loss/lack of appetite
- Symptoms include fever and loss of appetite.
- I’m a bit worried about her lack of appetite.
- a loss of sexual appetite