having or characterized by desire; desiring: desirous of high political office.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French desireus. See desire, -ous

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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To desirous
World English Dictionary
desirous (dɪˈzaɪərəs)
adj (usually postpositive and foll by of)
having or expressing desire (for); having a wish or longing (for)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. desirous, O.Fr. desireus (Mod.Fr. désireux), from L.L. desiderosus, from stem of desiderare (see desire).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature