greedy

[gree-dee]
adjective, greedier, greediest.
1.
excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.
2.
having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
3.
keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for ): greedy for praise.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English gredy, Old English grædig; cognate with Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic gredags

greedily, adverb
greediness, noun
overgreedily, adverb
overgreediness, noun
overgreedy, adjective
ungreedy, adjective


1. grasping, rapacious, selfish. 1, 3. See avaricious. 2. ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, insatiable. 3. covetous, anxious.


1. generous, unselfish.
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greedy (ˈɡriːdɪ)
 
adj (foll by for) , greedier, greediest
1.  excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
2.  eager (for): a man greedy for success
 
[Old English grǣdig; related to Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic grēdags hungry, Old High German grātac]
 
'greedily
 
adv
 
'greediness
 
n

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greedy
O.E. grædig "voracious," also "covetous," from P.Gmc. *grædagaz (cf. O.S. gradag, O.N. graðr "greed, hunger"), from base *græduz (cf. Goth. gredus "hunger," O.E. grædum "eagerly"), cognate with Skt. grdh "to be greedy." In Gk., the word was philargyros, lit. "money-loving."
A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."
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Example sentences
But these people, and a whole lot of other people who get what the market will
  bear, are acting greedily.
Sometimes this maverick behaved greedily, because the experiment had been
  designed to study the expected ostracism of cheats.
The fire had been a public event, the kind watched greedily on television by
  people somewhere else.
How greedily it holds to itself, believes in itself, and waits.
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