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[gree-dee] /ˈgri di/
adjective, greedier, greediest.
excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious:
the greedy owners of the company.
having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for):
greedy for praise.
Origin of greedy
before 900; Middle English gredy, Old English grædig; cognate with Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic gredags
Related forms
greedily, adverb
greediness, noun
overgreedily, adverb
overgreediness, noun
overgreedy, adjective
ungreedy, adjective
1. grasping, rapacious, selfish. 2. ravenous, voracious, gluttonous, insatiable. 3. covetous, anxious.
1. generous, unselfish.
Synonym Study
1, 3. See avaricious. Unabridged
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  • Morhange took them from my hands and devoured them greedily.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • This food was divided amongst the slaves, and was greedily devoured by all.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • When they turned and looked back from a safe distance, the dog was greedily devouring the broken cake.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • And pressing the youth close to herself, she greedily began to kiss him on the lips.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Pizarro accepted the offer, and the Spaniards greedily watched the arrival of their treasure from the roofs of palace and temple.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • He had none, but looked so unhappily and greedily at the others while they were eating!

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He seized the bottle and greedily drank from its mouth in long gulps.

  • They then bury their claws in the flesh, and greedily suck the blood.

British Dictionary definitions for greedily


adjective greedier, greediest
excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
(postpositive) foll by for. eager (for): a man greedy for success
Derived Forms
greedily, adverb
greediness, noun
Word Origin
Old English grǣdig; related to Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic grēdags hungry, Old High German grātac
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Word Origin and History for greedily

Old English grædiglice; see greedy + -ly (2).



Old English grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from Proto-Germanic *grædagaz (cf. Old Saxon gradag "greedy," Old Norse graðr "greed, hunger," Danish graadig, Dutch gretig, Old High German gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (cf. Gothic gredus "hunger," Old English grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Sanskrit grdh "to be greedy").

In Greek, the word was philargyros, literally "money-loving." A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."

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