1350–1400; Middle English
< Old French ravineus,
equivalent to ravin
) to raven2
+ -eus -ous
ravenously, adverbravenousness, noun
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
greedy, starved, devouring. Ravenous, ravening, voracious
suggest a greediness for food and usually intense hunger. Ravenous
implies extreme hunger, or a famished condition: ravenous wild beasts. Ravening
adds the idea of fierceness and savagery, especially as shown in a violent manner of acquiring food: ravening wolves. Voracious
implies craving or eating a great deal of food: a voracious child; a voracious appetite.
It may also be used figuratively: a voracious reader. 2.