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Greedy definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GREE'DY, a. [L. gradior,and probably signifies reaching forward.]
1. Having a keen appetite for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry; followed by of; as a lion that is greedy of his prey. Psalms 17.
2. Having a keen desire of any thing; eager to obtain; as greedy of gain.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees" [syn: avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile]
2: (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous; "avid for adventure"; "an avid ambition to succeed"; "fierce devouring affection"; "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"; "greedy for fame" [syn: avid, devouring, esurient, greedy]
3: wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume; "don't be greedy with the cookies"

Merriam Webster's

adjective (greedier; -est) Etymology: Middle English gredy, from Old English gr?dig; akin to Old High German gr?tac greedy Date: before 12th century 1. having a strong desire for food or drink 2. marked by greed ; having or showing a selfish desire for wealth and possessions 3. eager, keen <greedy for fame> Synonyms: see covetous greedily adverb greediness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (greedier, greediest) 1 having or showing an excessive appetite for food or drink. 2 wanting wealth or pleasure to excess. 3 (foll. by for, or to + infin.) very keen or eager; needing intensely (greedy for affection; greedy to learn). Derivatives: greedily adv. greediness n. Etymology: OE grædig f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Greedy Greed"y, a. [Compar. Greedier (-[i^]-[~e]r); superl. Greediest.] [OE. gredi, AS. gr?dig, gr?dig; akin to D. gretig, OS. gr?dag, OHG. gr?tag, Dan. graadig, OSw. gradig, gr?dig, Icel. gra?ugr, Goth. gr?dags greedy, gr?d?n to be hungry; cf. Skr. grdh to be greedy. Cf. Greed.] 1. Having a keen appetite for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry; -- followed by of; as, a lion that is greedy of his prey. 2. Having a keen desire for anything; vehemently desirous; eager to obtain; avaricious; as, greedy of gain.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(greedier, greediest) If you describe someone as greedy, you mean that they want to have more of something such as food or money than is necessary or fair. He attacked greedy bosses for awarding themselves big rises... She is greedy and selfish. ADJ greedily Livy ate the pasties greedily and with huge enjoyment. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Voracious, ravenous, gluttonous, rapacious, insatiable, insatiate. 2. Eager, very desirous. 3. Grasping, avaricious, rapacious, selfish.

Moby Thesaurus

Apician, a hog for, acquiring, acquisitive, all-devouring, ambitious for self, autistic, avaricious, avid, bolting, bottomless, careerist, close, cormorant, coveting, covetous, cramming, crapulent, crapulous, craving, desirous, devouring, edacious, egotistical, esurient, glutting, gluttonizing, gluttonous, gobbling, gorging, grabby, grasping, gulping, guttling, guzzling, hoggish, hyperphagic, individualistic, insatiable, insatiate, intemperate, itchy, limitless, materialistic, mean, mercenary, mingy, miserly, money-hungry, money-mad, narcissistic, near, niggardly, omnivorous, overgreedy, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, personalistic, piggish, polyphagic, possessive, prehensile, privatistic, quenchless, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, remote, self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-advancing, self-besot, self-centered, self-considerative, self-contained, self-devoted, self-esteeming, self-indulgent, self-interested, self-jealous, self-occupied, self-pleasing, self-seeking, self-serving, self-sufficient, selfish, slakeless, sordid, stingy, stuffing, swinish, tight, tight-fisted, unappeasable, unappeased, unquenchable, unsated, unsatisfied, unslakeable, unslaked, venal, voracious, wolfing


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