- showing great enthusiasm for or interest in: an avid moviegoer.
- extremely desirous (often followed by for or sometimes of): avid for pleasure; avid of power.
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 avidlypassionately, violently, excitedly, madly, vigorously, eagerly, avidly, enthusiastically, ardently, fervently, overzealously
Examples from the Web for avidly
Contemporary Examples of 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
Brown says his greatest joy would be to find that readers of Inferno were avidly discussing Dante.‘Inferno’: Dan’s Brown’s Best Book Yet
May 14, 2013
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
January 22, 2012
The media world is a small enclave, and word quickly spread that Desiree was avidly available.How Desiree Landed Her Gig
August 11, 2010
However, this must be the first time that Americans have submitted to it so avidly and in person on their home turf.Brit Wits Bash America
February 17, 2010
Historical Examples of avidly
With wonderful quickness a crowd had collected, all avidly eager for a fight.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Then he was avidly busy in the pit, working as carefully as a fine jeweller.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
While she was avidly eating the soup she heard steps in the hall and a knock at the door.The Goose Man
Julia was avidly, yet resentfully, aware of his surreptitious admiration.Narcissus
She had a strange delusion that one was avidly interested in ones schoolbooks.Atlantic Narratives
- very keen; enthusiastican avid reader
- (postpositive; often foll by for or of) eager (for); desirous (of); greedy (for)avid for revenge
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.