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desirous

[dih-zahyuh r-uh s]
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  1. having or characterized by desire; desiring: desirous of high political office.
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Origin of desirous

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English word from Old French word desireus. See desire, -ous
Related formsde·sir·ous·ly, adverbde·sir·ous·ness, nounnon·de·sir·ous, adjectiveo·ver·de·sir·ous, adjectiveo·ver·de·sir·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·de·sir·ous·ness, nounpre·de·sir·ous, adjectivepre·de·sir·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·de·sir·ous, adjectivesu·per·de·sir·ous·ly, adverbun·de·sir·ous, adjectiveun·de·sir·ous·ly, adverb
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desirous

adjective
  1. (usually postpositive and foll by of) having or expressing desire (for); having a wish or longing (for)
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Derived Formsdesirously, adverbdesirousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for desirous

adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French desirous, Old French desirros (11c., Modern French désireux), from Vulgar Latin *desiderosus, from stem of Latin desiderare (see desire (v.)).

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