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[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və-/
craving or consuming large quantities of food:
a voracious appetite.
exceedingly eager or avid:
voracious readers; a voracious collector.
Origin of voracious
1625-35; voraci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
voraciously, adverb
voraciousness, noun
unvoracious, adjective
unvoraciously, adverb
unvoraciousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable. Unabridged
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  • Multiple predators, including crabs and flocks of gulls, voraciously prey on hatchlings during this short scamper.
  • The fed has an audience of readers who will voraciously devour every word, regardless of how well they are presented.
  • He followed the lady to her castle and ate voraciously of her supper, but was quite impenetrable to all her amorous advances.
  • These anaerobic bugs make ethanol by voraciously consuming syngas.
  • He started reading voraciously, absorbing everything he could find about polymer physics.
  • They collect contemporary painting and sculpture and read voraciously.
  • He started reading voraciously, absorbing everything he could find about polymer physics.
  • They voraciously eat plankton but few animals eat them.
  • He was never without a book, and he read voraciously.
  • The poet-satyrs onstage and the poet-flacks of the rock press fed off one another voraciously.
British Dictionary definitions for voraciously


devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activity: voracious reading
Derived Forms
voraciously, adverb
voracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ), voraciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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Word Origin and History for voraciously



1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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