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grasping

[gras-ping, grahs-]
adjective
1.
greedy; avaricious: a sly, grasping man.
2.
being used to grasp or tending to grasp; tenacious.

Origin:
1540–50; grasp + -ing2

graspingly, adverb
graspingness, noun
overgrasping, adjective
ungrasping, adjective


1. covetous, selfish, acquisitive, venal.
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grasping (ˈɡrɑːspɪŋ)
 
adj
greedy; avaricious; rapacious
 
'graspingly
 
adv

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grasp
1382, possibly metathesis of O.E. *græpsan "to touch, feel," from P.Gmc. *graipison (cf. E.Fris. grapsen "to grasp"), from root *graip (see grope). Originally "to reach for, feel around;" sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c.
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