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[dih-zahyuh r-uh s] /dɪˈzaɪər əs/
having or characterized by desire; desiring:
desirous of high political office.
Origin of desirous
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French desireus. See desire, -ous
Related forms
desirously, adverb
desirousness, noun
nondesirous, adjective
overdesirous, adjective
overdesirously, adverb
overdesirousness, noun
predesirous, adjective
predesirously, adverb
superdesirous, adjective
superdesirously, adverb
undesirous, adjective
undesirously, adverb Unabridged
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  • The drivers employed in the place fed him and treated him kindly, as they were desirous of keeping him in the place.
  • Both times he was alone and feeling desirous of company.
  • Short is an architect feverishly desirous of accomplishing something artistic.
  • They have voted taxes and loans, measuring their burden only by the suffering they were desirous of relieving.
  • People are desirous of an elective procedure, and that's their main objective in coming in.
  • We were exhausted from our wet and windy golf excursion, desirous of drinks and a nap.
  • Many of the grown people are desirous of learning to read.
  • We are moving from a society desirous of instant gratification to a society of instant anticipation.
  • Some, when they take revenge, are desirous the party should know whence it cometh.
  • Many were desirous to live with him and become his disciples.
British Dictionary definitions for desirous


usually postpositive and foll by of. having or expressing desire (for); having a wish or longing (for)
Derived Forms
desirously, adverb
desirousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for desirous

c.1300, from Anglo-French desirous, Old French desirros (11c., Modern French désireux), from Vulgar Latin *desiderosus, from stem of Latin desiderare (see desire (v.)).

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