[ rav-uh-nuhs ]
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  1. extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.

  2. extremely rapacious: a ravenous jungle beast.

  1. intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.

Origin of ravenous

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French ravineus, equivalent to ravin(er) “to plunder” (See raven2) + -eus-ous

synonym study For ravenous

1. Ravenous, ravening, voracious suggest a greediness for food and usually intense hunger. Ravenous implies extreme hunger, or a famished condition: ravenous wild beasts. Ravening adds the idea of fierceness and savagery, especially as shown in a violent manner of acquiring food: ravening wolves. Voracious implies craving or eating a great deal of food: a voracious child; a voracious appetite. It may also be used figuratively: a voracious reader.

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Opposites for ravenous

Other words from ravenous

  • rav·en·ous·ly, adverb
  • rav·en·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with ravenous

  • ravenous , ravening (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for ravenous


/ (ˈrævənəs) /

  1. famished; starving

  2. rapacious; voracious

Origin of ravenous

C16: from Old French ravineux, from Latin rapīna plunder, from rapere to seize

Derived forms of ravenous

  • ravenously, adverb
  • ravenousness, noun

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