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greedy

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adjective \ˈgrē-dē\

Simple Definition of greedy

  • : having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) : having greed

  • : very eager to have something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of greedy

greediergreediest

  1. 1 :  having a strong desire for food or drink

  2. 2 :  marked by greed :  having or showing a selfish desire for wealth and possessions

  3. 3 :  eager, keen <greedy for fame>

greedily play \ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb
greediness play \ˈgrē-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of greedy in a sentence

  1. He was a ruthless and greedy businessman.

  2. There's no need to get greedy—there's plenty for everyone.

  3. He blames all his problems on greedy lawyers.



Origin of greedy

Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdig; akin to Old High German grātac greedy


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of greedy

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <covetous of his brother's country estate>. greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire <greedy for status symbols>. acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep <an eagerly acquisitive mind>. grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means <a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives>. avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess <an avaricious miser>.

Rhymes with greedy


GREEDY Defined for Kids

greedy

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adjective \ˈgrē-dē\

Definition of greedy for Students

greediergreediest

  1. 1 :  having or showing a selfish desire for more than is needed

  2. 2 :  having a strong appetite for food or drink :  very hungry

  3. 3 :  very eager to have something <She's greedy for power.>

greedily \ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb




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