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)
Examples from the Web for 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|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Describing by biographers as an avid writer of letters, little of his correspondence appears available to public view.
Fryberg was an avid hunter, according to his Facebook posts.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree|Brandy Zadrozny|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He viewed the conger eel and limpets with an avid eye, but waited for the chevalier and de Mauprat to sit.The Battle Of The Strong, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Under Croquier's guidance, the boy had followed every official bulletin and news dispatch with avid and intense excitement.The Wonder of War on Land|Francis Rolt-Wheeler
This was the man who was so avid of new sensations in music that he cruelly slew swans.Iconoclasts|James Huneker
At my right was a regally gowned woman whose delicate features were now as hard as agate and whose eyes were avid.The Portal of Dreams|Charles Neville Buck
Kining mga tagabaryu magkahangulhangul ug sini, Those country hicks are avid about movies.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan|John U. Wolff
British Dictionary definitions for avid
Word Origin for avid
Word Origin and History 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.