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[gluht-n-uh s] /ˈglʌt n əs/
tending to eat and drink excessively; voracious.
greedy; insatiable.
Origin of gluttonous
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at glutton1, -ous
Related forms
gluttonously, adverb
gluttonousness, noun
ungluttonous, adjective
Can be confused
glutenous, glutinous, gluttonous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So the pirate-wasp sought its reward—an insane, insatiable, gluttonous satisfaction in the honey that was poison to its young.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • There was a gluttonous look on every face whenever it was mentioned.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The rapidity however is not to be compared with that with which the gluttonous larv of the Anthophora consume their food.

  • Yet it must not be supposed that the company was gluttonous or greedy.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then avoid the habits of the other, and you will be very unlike that indolent, unclean, and gluttonous animal.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • He had a most gluttonous appetite for books, and read everything, old and new.

  • The gluttonous Teddy stuffed his fists into his eyes and lifted up his voice.

  • The gluttonous army of the lean threw themselves on the children.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
Word Origin and History for gluttonous

mid-14c.; see glutton + -ous. Related: Gluttonously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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