savory

Something savory is full of flavor, delicious and tasty — usually something that someone has cooked. In the world of cuisine, savory is also often used to mean the opposite of sweet, or salty.

The easiest way to remember savory is that it rhymes with flavory — which is not a real word, but should be. Interestingly, the word unsavory — which is clearly the opposite of savory — is almost never used to describe food. If some a dish doesn't taste good, it, well, isn't good-tasting. If something is unsavory, then it's probably a person or situation that seems morally questionable. So, save savory for delicious food and save unsavory for things, people and ideas deserving of the adjective.

Definitions of savory
  1. adjective
    pleasing to the sense of taste
    synonyms: mouth-watering, savoury
    appetising, appetizing
    appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma
  2. adjective
    having an agreeably pungent taste
    synonyms: piquant, savoury, spicy, zesty
    tasty
    pleasing to the sense of taste
  3. noun
    an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
    synonyms: savoury
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    type of:
    dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
    something considered choice to eat
  4. noun
    any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees
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    types:
    Satureia hortensis, Satureja hortensis, summer savory
    erect annual herb with oval leaves and pink flowers; used to flavor e.g. meats or soups or salads; southeastern Europe and naturalized elsewhere
    Satureia montana, Satureja montana, winter savory
    erect perennial subshrub having pink or white flowers and leathery leaves with a flavor of thyme; southern Europe
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  5. noun
    either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family
    synonyms: savoury
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    types:
    summer savory, summer savoury
    herb with delicately flavored leaves with many uses
    winter savory, winter savoury
    resinous leaves used in stews and stuffings and meat loaf
    type of:
    herb
    aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
  6. noun
    dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions
    synonyms: Micromeria juliana
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    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  7. adjective
    morally wholesome or acceptable
    “a past that was scarcely savory
    synonyms: savoury
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    Antonyms:
    offensive, unsavory, unsavoury
    morally offensive
    odoriferous
    morally offensive
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