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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

Full Definition of greedy

greed·i·ergreed·i·est

  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>

greed·i·ly play \ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb
greed·i·ness play \ˈgrē-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of greedy

  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



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