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[uh-thurst] /əˈθɜrst/
having a keen desire; eager (often followed by for):
She has long been athirst for European travel.
Archaic. thirsty.
Origin of athirst
before 1000; Middle English athurst, ofthurst, Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan. See a-2, thirst Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for athirst
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  • Yet I trust I am too good a Christian to refuse any man drink that is athirst.

  • The grateful draft reminded her that she had actually been athirst ever since noon.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • At night he could not sleep; his throat was parched; he was athirst.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • See, he yet strives to throw the poison from him; twice have I given him the cup and yet he is athirst.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • On a sultry day in August we struggled, dusty and athirst, into Vienna.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • She was athirst for home, for old scenes and old friends and old emotions.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Trust me, Sargon, you will be faint and athirst before all is done.


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • We are overcome with long travel, sore hungered and athirst.


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • I drink to my wife; may she never be athirst, the poor darling.

  • He thinks that she is athirst for vengeance for the death of Morold.

British Dictionary definitions for athirst


adjective (postpositive)
(often foll by for) having an eager desire; longing
(archaic) thirsty
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