[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. voodooism,
  2. voorkamer,
  3. voorskot,
  4. voortrekker,
  5. vor,
  6. voraciously,
  7. voracity,
  8. vorarlberg,
  9. vorkuta,
  10. vorlage

Origin of voracious

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

SYNONYMS FOR voracious
1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.

Related forms
Can be confusedveracious 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 Formsvoraciously, adverbvoracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

Word Origin for voracious

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

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Word Origin and History for voracious



1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.

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