- 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
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Examples from the Web for greediness
Rgina was greedy, but her pride was greater than her greediness.My Double Life
Besides, in spite of her greediness, she remained so nice and good!L'Assommoir
That oath I took with a greediness born of my fear of the death that was impending.The Shame of Motley
When the pope heard these words he actually shook all over with greediness.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
It was no disloyalty to Tim; it was no greediness for name and wealth.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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 greediness
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."