adjective rav·en·ous \ˈra-və-nəs, ˈrav-nəs\

: very hungry

Full Definition of RAVENOUS

:  rapacious <ravenous wolves>
:  very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification <a ravenous appetite>
rav·en·ous·ly adverb
rav·en·ous·ness noun

Examples of RAVENOUS

  1. By the time dinner was ready, we were ravenous.
  2. <we were ravenous after our canoe paddling, and the chili bubbling over the campfire smelled heavenly>

First Known Use of RAVENOUS

15th century

Synonym Discussion of RAVENOUS

voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink <teenagers are often voracious eaters>. gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety <an admiral who was gluttonous for glory>. ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite <a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion>. rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice <rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns>.
RAVENOUS Defined for Kids


adjective rav·en·ous \ˈra-və-nəs\

Definition of RAVENOUS for Kids

:  very hungry
rav·en·ous·ly adverb


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