having a keen desire; eager (often followed by for): She has long been athirst for European travel.
Archaic. thirsty.

Origin of athirst

before 1000; Middle English athurst, ofthurst, Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan. See a-2, thirst Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for athirst

Historical Examples of athirst

  • Yet I trust I am too good a Christian to refuse any man drink that is athirst.

  • The grateful draft reminded her that she had actually been athirst ever since noon.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • At night he could not sleep; his throat was parched; he was athirst.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • See, he yet strives to throw the poison from him; twice have I given him the cup and yet he is athirst.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • On a sultry day in August we struggled, dusty and athirst, into Vienna.

    A Tramp's Wallet

    William Duthie

British Dictionary definitions for athirst


adjective (postpositive)

(often foll by for) having an eager desire; longing
archaic thirsty
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