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GREEDY (greedier, greediest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does greedy mean? 

GREEDY (adjective)
  The adjective GREEDY has 3 senses:

1. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
2. (often followed by 'for') ardently or excessively desirous
3. wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume

  Familiarity information: GREEDY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GREEDY (adjective)


Sense 1greedy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

Synonyms:

greedy; grasping; grabby; avaricious; covetous; prehensile

Context examples:

they are avaricious and will do anything for money / casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields / a grasping old miser / grasping commercialism / greedy for money and power / grew richer and greedier / prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees

Similar:

acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)


Sense 2greedy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'for') ardently or excessively desirous

Synonyms:

avid; devouring; esurient; greedy

Context examples:

avid for adventure / an avid ambition to succeed / fierce devouring affection / the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity / greedy for fame

Similar:

desirous; wishful (having or expressing desire for something)


Sense 3greedy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume

Context example:

don't be greedy with the cookies

Similar:

gluttonous (given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink)


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