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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
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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  • In fact, this practice makes universities appear to be both greedy and dishonest.
  • Comparing the success of the greedy elite per country and their propensity to gobble up everything in sight is a diversion.
  • Furthermore, takers do not realize how greedy they appear to those on the receiving end.
  • The plums, dusky and warm from the sun, are steadily disappearing under my greedy fingers.
  • We too have rescinded offers from overly greedy candidates.
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  • They were greedy and sloppy, but the tree is unfazed.
  • But you need to be aware that negotiating every single aspect of an offer can make a candidate seem greedy.
  • Please stop causing the extinction of animals and educate yourself on how not to be greedy and self-centered.
  • Keep the funds out of the greedy paws of the military-industrial complex and corporate welfare programs.
British Dictionary definitions for greedy

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 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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