from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Desiring to drink.
  • adjective Arid; parched.
  • adjective Craving something.
  • adjective Very absorbent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Feeling thirst; suffering for want of drink.
  • Dry; parched; arid.
  • Vehemently desirous; craving: with after, for, etc.
  • Sharp; eager; active.
  • Causing thirst.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Feeling thirst; having a painful or distressing sensation from want of drink; hence, having an eager desire.
  • adjective Deficient in moisture; dry; parched.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Needing to drink.
  • adjective Causing thirst; giving one a need to drink.
  • adjective Craving something.

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

  • adjective (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
  • adjective feeling a need or desire to drink
  • adjective able to take in large quantities of moisture
  • adjective needing moisture


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