I. noun 1. a natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food • he has a healthy appetite
• [ mass noun]
they suffered from loss of appetite.
2. a strong desire or liking for something • her appetite for life.
– origin Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’, from ad- ‘to’ + petere ‘seek’.