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ravenous

[ rav-uh-nuhs ]
/ ˈræv ə nəs /
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adjective
extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.
extremely rapacious: a ravenous jungle beast.
intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.

OTHER WORDS FOR ravenous

1 greedy, starved, devouring.

OPPOSITES FOR ravenous

1 sated.
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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM ravenous

rav·en·ous·ly, adverbrav·en·ous·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ravenous

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

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MORE ABOUT RAVENOUS

What does ravenous mean?

Ravenous means extremely hungry, as in After being unable to eat solid foods for a week, Isaac was now ravenous.

Ravenous in this sense is often used figuratively. You might be hungry but not literally starving and still describe yourself as ravenous.

Ravenous also means extremely greedy or predatory. It’s especially used to describe predatory animals, but it’s also used to describe people. Ravenous people may be greedy for riches, fame, or something else that they think will give them satisfaction if they have a lot of it. (Whether they can ever be satisfied is another discussion.)

Example: After a long day hiking up the mountain, the hikers were ravenous, inhaling their dinner in a matter of minutes.

Where does ravenous come from?

The first records of the term ravenous come from around the late 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Old French ravin(er), meaning “to plunder.” Being literally ravenous might cause a person to steal in order to eat.

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What are some other forms related to ravenous?

  • ravenously (adverb)
  • ravenousness (noun)

What are some synonyms for ravenous?

What are some words that share a root or word element with ravenous?

What are some words that often get used in discussing ravenous?

How is ravenous used in real life?

Ravenous is a fairly common word used literally to mean “extremely hungry.” In its figurative sense, it’s used to mean “greedy.”

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of ravenous?

A. satisfied
B. insatiable
C. rapacious
D. voracious

How to use ravenous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ravenous

ravenous
/ (ˈrævənəs) /

adjective
famished; starving
rapacious; voracious

Derived forms of ravenous

ravenously, adverbravenousness, noun

Word Origin for ravenous

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