[ vaw-rey-shuhs, vuh- ]
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  1. craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.

  2. exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.

Origin of voracious

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

synonym study For voracious

1. See ravenous.

Other words for voracious

Other words from voracious

  • vo·ra·cious·ly, adverb
  • vo·ra·cious·ness, noun
  • un·vo·ra·cious, adjective
  • un·vo·ra·cious·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for voracious


/ (vɒˈreɪʃəs) /

  1. devouring or craving food in great quantities

  2. very eager or unremitting in some activity: voracious reading

Origin of voracious

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

Derived forms of voracious

  • voraciously, adverb
  • voracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

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