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.

Primary Meanings of savory

1.
adjn
pleasing to the sense of taste
an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
2.
adj
morally wholesome or acceptable
Full Definitions of savory
1

adj pleasing to the sense of taste

Synonyms:
mouth-watering, savoury
appetising, appetizing
appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma

adj having an agreeably pungent taste

Synonyms:
piquant, savoury, spicy, zesty
tasty
pleasing to the sense of taste

n an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre

Synonyms:
savoury
Type of:
dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
something considered choice to eat

n any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees

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

n either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

Synonyms:
savoury
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

n dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions

Synonyms:
Micromeria juliana
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
2

adj morally wholesome or acceptable

“a past that was scarcely savory
Synonyms:
savoury
Antonyms:
offensive, unsavory, unsavoury
morally offensive
odoriferous
morally offensive
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