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 avidly
The Gladiator star has been avidly tweeting at Pope Francis, asking for a screening for his upcoming film Noah.Russell Crowe Twitter Stalks The Pope To Get Noah Screening|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brown says his greatest joy would be to find that readers of Inferno were avidly discussing Dante.
Ibrahim is a short, fierce young woman in a bright headscarf and blue jeans, avidly texting on her Nokia.Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence|Nina Burleigh|January 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The media world is a small enclave, and word quickly spread that Desiree was avidly available.
However, this must be the first time that Americans have submitted to it so avidly and in person on their home turf.
Avidly the woman ate the thick slice of bread and treacle, offering a bit now and then to the cat.From the Valley of the Missing|Grace Miller White
Egholm had grabbed at him avidly and without ceremony, as a chance of work.Egholm and his God|Johannes Buchholtz
Every line of news or rumour from Kenwood was avidly read and discussed and the tide of patriotism ran high.Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour
He drew a bottle of brandy from one of the dunnage bags and Cantwell seized it avidly.
He dug small shelled things from under stones along the river and ate them avidly.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
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.