- excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.
- having a strong or great desire for food or drink.
- keenly desirous; eager (often followed by of or for): greedy for praise.
Origin of greedy
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Examples from the Web for greedy
The answer may be that animals are greedy: they need a lot of oxygen to grow big and complicated.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.
Matthew R. Francis
November 2, 2014
Only the greedy say that greed is good and there is no shaming of the shameless.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
But this soft and greedy subversive organelle is no match for the brilliance of our scientists!The Fake Superbug Cure
June 21, 2014
We must arrest and return their fugitive slaves with greedy pleasure.From Las Vegas to Georgia, the NRA Has Created a Monster
June 9, 2014
The Silicon Valley tech firms tend to be every bit as cutthroat and greedy as any capitalist enterprise before it.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes
April 25, 2014
Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They were thinking: "That greedy little girl has gone on and on eating."Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little always share.De Profundis
Rgina was greedy, but her pride was greater than her greediness.My Double Life
Oh yes, any thing at all, ma'am; I'm not greedy—nor needy, thanks above!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- excessively desirous of food or wealth, esp in large amounts; voracious
- (postpositive foll by for) eager (for)a man greedy for success
Word Origin and History for greedy
Old English grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from Proto-Germanic *grædagaz (cf. Old Saxon gradag "greedy," Old Norse graðr "greed, hunger," Danish graadig, Dutch gretig, Old High German gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (cf. Gothic gredus "hunger," Old English grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Sanskrit grdh "to be greedy").
In Greek, the word was philargyros, literally "money-loving." A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."