- extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.
- extremely rapacious: a ravenous jungle beast.
- intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.
Origin of ravenous
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Examples from the Web for ravenous
It was like throwing a pack of ravenous dogs a side of raw meat.The Absurd Case Against Sonia Gandhi
October 5, 2012
It was an irresistible feast for ravenous culture warriors on both sides.Augusta’s Weird Culture War Ends With Membership for Rice, Moore
August 21, 2012
Franco, the perpetual and ravenous learner, would get straight A's from any of those teachers.The Yes List
August 11, 2011
Today, as our ravenous offspring turns 2, Ms. Brown sits down and subjects herself to another grilling.The Daily Beast Turns 2!
October 5, 2010
A voracious reader, and a ravenous consumer of all media, Brown has always been able to talk a good game.The Madonna of Politics
March 15, 2010
In a moment the prey was torn to bits by the ravenous monsters.
Joseph is as greedy and as ravenous as Lucien, but not so frank or indiscreet.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
And he cried so loud, he had wakened up so ravenous, that she decided to nurse him again.Doctor Pascal
Another quarter of an hour passed, and we were all ravenous.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The colonel had to eat, in vying admiration of Jeff, ravenous from his day's walk.The Prisoner
- famished; starving
- rapacious; voracious
Word Origin and History for ravenous
late 14c., "obsessed with plundering, extremely greedy," from Old French ravinos, of people, "rapacious, violent," of water, "swift-flowing," from raviner "to seize," from ravine "violent rush, robbery" (see ravine). Meaning "voracious, very hungry" is from early 15c. Related: Ravenously; ravenousness.