adjective, greed·i·er, greed·i·est.
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What does greedy mean?
Greedy means filled with greed—an excessive desire for more, especially for more money and possessions.
It can be used to describe people, as in greedy billionaires, or actions that are based on greed, as in It was a greedy scheme to squeeze more money out of people.
Greed and greedy are always used negatively to criticize the excessive desire for more.
Greed is often thought to influence people to do bad things in their obsession to acquire more money or more stuff. In the expression “the love of money is the root of all evil,” the love of money is another way of saying being greedy.
Less commonly, greedy can mean the same thing as gluttonous—having an excessive desire for food.
Example: These greedy hedge fund managers have more money than they can spend in a lifetime, yet they insist on trying to get away with paying the least amount of taxes possible.
Where does greedy come from?
The first records of the word greedy come from before 900. It comes from the Old English grædig, which is related to the Gothic grēdags, meaning “hungry.” (The noun greed is first recorded much later, in the 1600s, and is actually a back formation of greedy, which means that greedy came first and was altered to make the noun greed.)
Being greedy makes people insatiable—meaning that they’re hungry to acquire more and more money or things, but they’re never satisfied with what they have.
Greed is one of the so-called seven deadly sins in Christian theology. In this context, it is sometimes known by the more formal names of avarice and covetousness. The adjectives avaricious and covetous are more formal synonyms of greedy.
In pop culture, greed is associated with the character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol—so much so that the name Scrooge has become a way of referring to a greedy miser or moneygrubber. A more modern example of a character known for being greedy is Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street, whose catch phrase is “Greed is good.”
The opposite of being greedy is being generous—being willing to give away one’s money or possessions instead of being obsessed with acquiring more.
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- greediness (noun)
- greed (noun)
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How is greedy used in real life?
Greedy is always used in a critical way.
Rightly or wrongly, Wall Street CEOs are still excoriated as greedy fat cats who exemplify everything that’s wrong with executive pay https://t.co/mrSzpWQjkL
— Bloomberg Markets (@markets) July 10, 2020
It is nice having money. I have to say it is really nice. I haven never had to worry. But I have never felt that people should starve while I have extra money. This is what billionaires think in the United States. They are beyond greedy. We need to tax billionaires to the hilt.
— Crooked Stevie (@DWade117) November 7, 2020
people get really greedy when they see me making money and giving it to other people and it is infuriating.
— 🍁 (@DanielleFong) April 9, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for greedy
It’s seen as a bunch of selfish greedy bastards that are just in it to make as much money as possible.Whole Foods’ CEO on how business can be better than just “a bunch of selfish greedy bastards”|McKenna Moore|October 6, 2020|Fortune
It all depends on your management style and what you’re happy with and how greedy you really want to be.
When stocks take a beating, the pros often jump back in and buy on the cheap, adapting that Warren Buffett-ism of being “greedy when others are fearful.”Buffett’s big bet on Japan sends global stocks higher|Bernhard Warner|August 31, 2020|Fortune
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this soft and greedy subversive organelle is no match for the brilliance of our scientists!
We must arrest and return their fugitive slaves with greedy pleasure.From Las Vegas to Georgia, the NRA Has Created a Monster|Cliff Schecter|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Joel Kotkin|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His glance, long and greedy, betrayed how envious of me he was.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
Her irritability had suddenly quite vanished, and her anxious, imploring eyes were fixed on him with greedy expectation.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
You are greedy for fine food and clothes and a good time, as a wolf is greedy for its prey.
The Stranger ate absent-mindedly and ravenously, drinking his ale in greedy draughts.Through Welsh Doorways|Jeannette Augustus Marks
The acres had come to him all his own, and now, before his death, every one of them would have gone bodily into that greedy maw.Framley Parsonage|Anthony Trollope