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[thur-stee] /ˈθɜr sti/
adjective, thirstier, thirstiest.
feeling or having thirst; craving liquid.
needing moisture, as land; parched; dry or arid:
the thirsty soil.
eagerly desirous; eager:
thirsty for news.
causing thirst:
Digging is thirsty work.
Origin of thirsty
before 950; Middle English thirsti, Old English thyrstig; akin to Dutch dorstig, German durstig, Sanskrit tṛṣita thirsty
Related forms
thirstily, adverb
thirstiness, noun
nonthirsty, adjective
unthirsty, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thirsty
  • Not being thirsty at various times during the day is normal, if the body does not need fluid replacement.
  • Also, not being too hungry or thirsty helps me feel better.
  • thirsty crowds know that where there's a beer, there's a wait.
  • Try to avoid foods that will make you thirsty or that require a lot of water or special preparation.
  • Inexpensive galvanized tubs make handy drink coolers to place around the garden within easy reach of thirsty party guests.
  • Or the soda machine might actually remind you that you're thirsty and need a drink.
  • There is little or no discomfort from the test, although you will probably be hungry and thirsty.
  • The country is thirsty for energy to fuel its booming economy.
  • The problem is the same whether the human being who is thirsty lives in the desert or by the ocean coast.
  • Every drop of rain that falls in this thirsty part of the country ought to go in the land.
British Dictionary definitions for thirsty


adjective thirstier, thirstiest
feeling a desire to drink
dry; arid: the thirsty soil
(foll by for) feeling an eager desire: thirsty for information
causing thirst: thirsty work
Derived Forms
thirstily, adverb
thirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thirsty

Old English þurstig; see thirst (n.) + -y (2).

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thirsty in Medicine

thirsty thirst·y (thûr'stē)
Desiring to drink.

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