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.

Origin of thirsty

before 950; Middle English thirsti, Old English thyrstig; akin to Dutch dorstig, German durstig, Sanskrit tṛṣita thirsty
Related formsthirst·i·ly, adverbthirst·i·ness, nounnon·thirst·y, adjectiveun·thirst·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of thirsty

Historical Examples of thirsty

  • It seems to me as if I could drink it all the time, I am so thirsty.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Leaving me here hungry and thirsty and tired, to starve, for anything they care!

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Nor,' said Little Dorrit, as he softly put her glass towards her, 'nor thirsty.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • It had a blemish, in the nature of currant jelly, on its chin; and was a thirsty child.

  • He did not move, but sat staring at her like a thirsty man drinking.

British Dictionary definitions for thirsty


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 Formsthirstily, adverbthirstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for thirsty

Old English þurstig; see thirst (n.) + -y (2).

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