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/ ˈθɜr sti /
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adjective, thirst·i·er, thirst·i·est.

feeling or having thirst; craving liquid.
needing moisture, as land; parched; dry or arid: the thirsty soil.
eagerly desirous; eager: thirsty for news.
causing thirst: Digging is thirsty work.
  1. eager for attention or approval: thirsty celebrities.
  2. desperate for affection, sex, or sexual attention.



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Origin of thirsty

First recorded before 950; Middle English thirsti, Old English thyrstig; akin to Dutch dorstig, German durstig, Sanskrit tṛṣita “thirsty,” from the Proto-Indo-European root ters-, tṛs- “dry,” from which Latin terra (from unattested tersa ) “(dry) land” derives


thirst·i·ly, adverbthirst·i·ness, nounnon·thirst·y, adjectiveun·thirst·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thirsty

/ (ˈθɜːstɪ) /

adjective thirstier or thirstiest

feeling a desire to drink
dry; aridthe thirsty soil
(foll by for) feeling an eager desirethirsty for information
causing thirstthirsty work

Derived forms of thirsty

thirstily, adverbthirstiness, noun
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