- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for greedily
The more punitive might argue that it was fit punishment for a writer who admits to being “greedily visual.”Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir
April 6, 2012
I could see Laila's eyes widen as she greedily fed on the male.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
A stick of candy from Tom's pocket was greedily accepted by Jackie.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
He pushed the ham bone between the slats, and Job received it greedily.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
He seemed again to be drawing in nourishment from all he saw, drinking it greedily.The Great Hunger
Anything that related to the politics of Kansas the boy listened to greedily.The Boy Settlers
They had clutched at him greedily, and he had repaid with an impertinence.Olive in Italy
- excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
- (postpositive foll by for) eager (for)a man greedy for success
Word Origin and History for greedily
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."