from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Excessively desirous of acquiring or possessing, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.
  • adj. Wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume; gluttonous.
  • adj. Extremely eager or desirous: greedy for the opportunity to prove their ability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having greed; consumed by selfish desires.
  • adj. Prone to overeat.
  • adj. Tending to match as much text as possible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a keen appetite for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry; -- followed by of.
  • adj. Having a keen desire for anything; vehemently desirous; eager to obtain; avaricious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having an inordinate desire for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry.
  • Synonyms Insatiate, insatiable, rapacious, gluttonous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous
  • adj. wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume
  • adj. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth


Middle English gredi, from Old English grǣdig; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdiġ ("greedy, hungry, eager"), from Proto-Germanic *grēdagaz (“hungry”), from Proto-Germanic *grēdaz, *grēduz, *grēdô (“hunger”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰAr(e)dʰ-, *gʰrēdʰ- (“to be hungry, long for”), equivalent to greed +‎ -y. Cognate with Old Saxon grādag ("gladly, willingly" compare Dutch graag), Old High German grātag ("greedy"), Danish grådig ("greedy") (from Old Norse gráðigr ("greedy"), gráði ("greed, hunger")), Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌴𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍃 (grēdags, "hungry"). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian ngordh ("to crave for, starve, die"). (Wiktionary)



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