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[thur-stee] /ˈθɜr sti/
adjective, thirstier, thirstiest.
feeling or having thirst; craving liquid.
needing moisture, as land; parched; dry or arid:
the thirsty soil.
eagerly desirous; eager:
thirsty for news.
causing thirst:
Digging is thirsty work.
Origin of thirsty
before 950; Middle English thirsti, Old English thyrstig; akin to Dutch dorstig, German durstig, Sanskrit tṛṣita thirsty
Related forms
thirstily, adverb
thirstiness, noun
nonthirsty, adjective
unthirsty, adjective Unabridged
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  • It seems to me as if I could drink it all the time, I am so thirsty.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Leaving me here hungry and thirsty and tired, to starve, for anything they care!

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Nor,' said Little Dorrit, as he softly put her glass towards her, 'nor thirsty.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It had a blemish, in the nature of currant jelly, on its chin; and was a thirsty child.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He did not move, but sat staring at her like a thirsty man drinking.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for thirsty


adjective thirstier, thirstiest
feeling a desire to drink
dry; arid: the thirsty soil
(foll by for) feeling an eager desire: thirsty for information
causing thirst: thirsty work
Derived Forms
thirstily, adverb
thirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thirsty

Old English þurstig; see thirst (n.) + -y (2).

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thirsty in Medicine

thirsty thirst·y (thûr'stē)
Desiring to drink.

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