[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-]


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
Related formsvo·ra·cious·ly, adverbvo·ra·cious·ness, nounun·vo·ra·cious, adjectiveun·vo·ra·cious·ly, adverbun·vo·ra·cious·ness, noun
Can be confusedveracious vociferous voracious

Synonyms for voracious

1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.
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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 voraciously



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

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