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adjective,greed·i·er, greed·i·est.
  1. excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.

  2. having a strong or great desire for food or drink.

  1. keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for): greedy for praise.

Origin of greedy

First recorded before 900; Middle English gredy, Old English grædig; cognate with Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic gredags

synonym study For greedy

1, 3. See avaricious, greed.

Other words for greedy

Opposites for greedy

Other words from greedy

  • greed·i·ly, adverb
  • greed·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·greed·i·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·greed·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·greed·y, adjective
  • un·greed·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use greedy in a sentence

  • There were bright blankets and shawls, the latter greedily eyed by every Indian woman who came into the store.

    Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
  • Listen, Mr. Garford, said Drinkwater desperately, his eyes flashing greedily with the thought of escaping commissions.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • The fevered mules plunged in headlong and drank greedily; the riders were perforce obliged to slake their thirst after them.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • They "supped full of horrors," and listened greedily to tales of death, which served to weaken and terrify.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell

British Dictionary definitions for greedy


/ (ˈɡriːdɪ) /

adjectivegreedier or greediest
  1. excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious

  2. (postpositive foll by for) eager (for): a man greedy for success

Origin of greedy

Old English grǣdig; related to Old Norse grāthugr, Gothic grēdags hungry, Old High German grātac

Derived forms of greedy

  • greedily, adverb
  • greediness, noun

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