adjective, greed·i·er, greed·i·est.
- greedy guts,
- greek alphabet,
- greek calends
Origin of greedy
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|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
adjective greedier or greediest
Word Origin 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."