adjective vo·ra·cious \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>.
VORACIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective vo·ra·cious \v-ˈrā-shəs, və-\

Definition of VORACIOUS for Kids

:  very hungry :  having a huge appetite
:  very eager <a voracious reader>
vo·ra·cious·ly adverb

Word Root of VORACIOUS

The Latin word vorāre, meaning to eat greedily, gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.


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