[ uh-thurst ]
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  1. having a keen desire; eager (often followed by for): She has long been athirst for European travel.

  2. Archaic. thirsty.

Origin of athirst

before 1000; Middle English athurst, ofthurst,Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan.See a-2, thirst

Words Nearby athirst Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use athirst in a sentence

  • The river's song should have summoned up the vision of those living waters, and their wooing, "Let him that is athirst come!"

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • He was always athirst for fresh proofs of it, and these were forthcoming every day.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • "The water of life freely, and let him that is athirst say come," echoed the old lady feelingly.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • If there is any truth in me that the world wants, nothing will hinder the world from drinking what it is athirst for.

  • So he travelled all that morning, and the day was very bright and warm, so that by and by he was an-hungered and athirst.

British Dictionary definitions for athirst


/ (əˈθɜːst) /

  1. (often foll by for) having an eager desire; longing

  2. archaic thirsty

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