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Definition: to savor, to eat with relish.


This appetizing verb stems from the Latin degustare, compounded of the affix de meaning off, apart or away, and gustare meaning to taste.

Why this word?

If you’re asking me, there are quite a few forms of degusting. Hungry children after a long play-day with their friends tend to degust anything put on their plate (except from broccoli and spinach- of course!). Hungry men, after a long day of work also tend to swallow their food without even tasting it; these two are great forms of degusting, evoking pleasure at the eyes of the beholder.

 Another form of degusting is the constantly hungry people, those who eat all day long but always do it as if they were suffering starvation for years and years. This form of degusting is disgusting!

How to use degust?

 Degust is a verb pertaining to a way of eating.

 “When John comes back from a basketball game he degusts everything he can lay his hands on!”

I can’t stand his degusting manners… I wish he was excited about other activities in the way he is about his eating


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Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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