adjective \v-ˈrā-shəs, və-\

: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food

Full Definition of VORACIOUS

:  having a huge appetite :  ravenous
:  excessively eager :  insatiable <a voracious reader>
vo·ra·cious·ly adverb
vo·ra·cious·ness noun

Examples of VORACIOUS

  1. He has a voracious appetite.
  2. <it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day>


Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour
First Known Use: 1635

Synonym Discussion of VORACIOUS

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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