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[gree-dee] /ˈgri di/
adjective, greedier, greediest.
excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious:
the greedy owners of the company.
having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for):
greedy for praise.
Origin of greedy
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
1. grasping, rapacious, selfish. 1, 3. See avaricious. 2. ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, insatiable. 3. covetous, anxious.
1. generous, unselfish. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The pulsar greedily started eating that material, pulling it right off the other star.
  • greedily, many of the guests clicked it open, only to be infected.
  • They eat greedily, stabbing at the food, and then fly away with the biggest chunks they can carry.
  • The fruits are greedily eaten by pigs, and have been mixed with chocolate as a beverage.
  • In the urban inner-cities, where violence takes lives greedily and students take education gravely, they have their faith.
  • Hogs, in wooded pastures, gobble them greedily and grow fat.
British Dictionary definitions for greedily


adjective greedier, greediest
excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
(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

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



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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