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greedy

[gree-dee] /ˈgri di/
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 of greedy
900
before 900; Middle English gredy, Old English grædig; cognate with Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic gredags
Related forms
greedily, adverb
greediness, noun
overgreedily, adverb
overgreediness, noun
overgreedy, adjective
ungreedy, adjective
Synonyms
1. grasping, rapacious, selfish. 1, 3. See avaricious. 2. ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, insatiable. 3. covetous, anxious.
Antonyms
1. generous, unselfish.
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  • Morhange took them from my hands and devoured them greedily.

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  • He pushed the ham bone between the slats, and Job received it greedily.

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  • When they turned and looked back from a safe distance, the dog was greedily devouring the broken cake.

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  • He seemed again to be drawing in nourishment from all he saw, drinking it greedily.

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  • Pizarro accepted the offer, and the Spaniards greedily watched the arrival of their treasure from the roofs of palace and temple.

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  • Anything that related to the politics of Kansas the boy listened to greedily.

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  • He seized the bottle and greedily drank from its mouth in long gulps.

  • They had clutched at him greedily, and he had repaid with an impertinence.

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British Dictionary definitions for greedily

greedy

/ˈɡriːdɪ/
adjective greedier, greediest
1.
excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
2.
(postpositive) foll by for. eager (for): a man greedy for success
Derived Forms
greedily, adverb
greediness, noun
Word Origin
Old English grǣdig; related to Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic grēdags hungry, Old High German grātac
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Word Origin and History for greedily
adv.

Old English grædiglice; see greedy + -ly (2).

greedy

adj.

Old English grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from Proto-Germanic *grædagaz (cf. Old Saxon gradag "greedy," Old Norse graðr "greed, hunger," Danish graadig, Dutch gretig, Old High German gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (cf. Gothic gredus "hunger," Old English grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Sanskrit grdh "to be greedy").

In Greek, the word was philargyros, literally "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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