Origin of avid
As used in English, the sense of physical craving or hunger is very rare, as in this 1866 translation of a line from Ovid's Metamorphoses: “Or dragon avid for his prey.” Instead, we tend to use avid synonymously with “intensely eager.” What avid lends to “eager” is the added dimension of intensification by either enthusiasm (an avid fan of indie films) or desire, which can sometimes morph into greed (avid for company; avid for gold). An excess of any of these qualities may lead to darker territories, as shown by this 1953 quote from The New Yorker: “He was writing for a public avid for gruesome details.”
—Avid: A non-linear video editing system developed by Avid Technology, Inc. Best known in the film and video production industry are the Media Composer and Pro Tools video and sound editing software. The Avid editing system was used to edit films such as Iron Man 2, 2012, and Hurt Locker, among many others. Pro Tools was used for the sound edit and mix of Avatar.
—AVID: acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination. A teaching system designed to help underachieving students with high academic potential prepare for entrance to colleges and universities. The system was developed in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, an English teacher from San Diego.
—AVID: acronym for American Veterinary Identification Devices. These are microchips that are permanently implanted in a pet to be used for the animal's identification.
- "Avid readers are enchanted by meaning, which is available chiefly in books."-Mason Cooley City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection (1987)
- "Augustine's…avid fondness for theatrical ‘spectacles.’"-Robert J. O'Connell Images of Conversion in St. Augustine's Confessions (1996)
- "Avid of gold, yet greedier of renown"-Robert Southey Covadonga The Poetical Works of Robert Southey: Volume 9 (1838)
- "He was convivial, bawdy, robustly avid for pleasure."-F. Scott Fitzgerald The Rich Boy (1926)
Related Words for aviddevoted, impatient, thirsty, fanatical, eager, zealous, hungry, voracious, keen, ardent, ravenous, insatiable, passionate, fervent, avaricious, breathless, covetous, desirous, grasping, greedy
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Contemporary Examples of avid
He grew up both a computer geek in the early days of video games and an avid record collector.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
Now, just as avid an art collector, Jay Z spoke about the meeting of cultural worlds (and rapped about them) in “Picasso Baby”.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
All this time, even back when he was studying at Purdue, Pragnell was an avid home-brewer.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Describing by biographers as an avid writer of letters, little of his correspondence appears available to public view.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Fryberg was an avid hunter, according to his Facebook posts.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of avid
He cast a glance about him, his eye, avid with curiosity, held rigidly in restraint.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The "brass hats," as Blake had foreseen, were avid for details.
There was much traders' blood in Venice, and, trader-like, she was avid of possessions.The Life of Cesare Borgia
She flung herself on him with the avid girlishness of a Bengal tiger.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
The reading public is avid of good books, but it does not hear about them.Pipefuls
Word Origin for avid
1769, from French avide (15c.), from Latin avidus "longing eagerly, desirous, greedy," from avere "to desire eagerly." Also in part a back-formation from avidity. Related: Avidly.