Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Scrumptious

scrumptious [skruhmp-shuh s hyoo</strong>-bris, hoo-bris]
1. very pleasing, especially to the senses; delectable; splendid:
2. (of food) extremely tasty; delicious.
3. (of a person) very attractive.


But worst of all, I let you down, you delicate little Krabby Patty... with your tasty, juicy, scrumptious, warm, steaming goodness. (Spongebob Squarepants)

That was the most scrumptious lunch Ive had in a month of Sundays. (Dorothy Wayne, Dorothy Dixon and the Double Cousin)

"Oh, Marilla, I've had a perfectly scrumptious time.". (L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables)


1833, in countrified humor writing of 'Major Jack Downing' of Maine (Seba Smith); probably a colloquial alteration of sumptuous. Originally 'stylish, splendid;' sense of 'delicious' is by 1881. (Online Etymology Dictionary)

First appearing in English in 1830... probably originated as an alteration of 'sumptuous,' and it carries the elegant and wonderful connotations of its parent. (Sumptuous derives via Middle English from the Latin verb sumere, meaning 'to take or spend.') British author Roald Dahl had some fun with 'scrumptious,' and created a delightful coinage, when he inserted the infix '-diddly-' into the word to make 'scrumdiddlyumptious,' the word that chocolate magnate Willy Wonka uses to name his best-selling treats in his novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964). (Mirriam-Webster)

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