- extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.
- extremely rapacious: a ravenous jungle beast.
- intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.
Origin of ravenous
Synonyms for ravenous
Antonyms for ravenous
Examples from the Web for ravenously
Historical Examples of ravenously
She was refreshed, buoyant, ravenously hungry and highly amused.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
He invested a nickel in peanuts, and the pair devoured them ravenously.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
I found now that I was not injured, but I was ravenously hungry.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
They ravenously pick handfuls and armfuls as if they could never have enough.The Heart of Nature
As long as the men were in sight she focused her gaze on them ravenously.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
- famished; starving
- rapacious; voracious
Word Origin for ravenous
Word Origin and History for ravenously
late 14c., "obsessed with plundering, extremely greedy," from Old French ravinos, of people, "rapacious, violent," of water, "swift-flowing," from raviner "to seize," from ravine "violent rush, robbery" (see ravine). Meaning "voracious, very hungry" is from early 15c. Related: Ravenously; ravenousness.