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ravenous

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

Simple Definition of ravenous

  • : very hungry

Full Definition of ravenous

  1. 1 :  rapacious <ravenous wolves>

  2. 2 :  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>



15th Century

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>.



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