[ vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh- ]
/ vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və- /


craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.
exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.

Origin of voracious

First recorded in 1625–35; voraci(ty) + -ous

SYNONYMS FOR voracious

1 See ravenous.
2 rapacious, insatiable.

Related forms

Can be confused

veracious vociferous voracious
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British Dictionary definitions for voracious


/ (vɒˈreɪʃəs) /


devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activityvoracious reading

Derived Forms

voraciously, adverbvoracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

Word Origin for voracious

C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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