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

Simple Definition of voracious

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of voracious

  1. 1 :  having a huge appetite :  ravenous

  2. 2 :  excessively eager :  insatiable <a voracious reader>

voraciously adverb
voraciousness noun

Examples of voracious in a sentence

  1. He has a voracious appetite.

  2. <it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day>

Did You Know?

Voracious is one of several English words that derive from the Latin verb vorare, which means "to eat greedily" or "to devour." "Vorare" is also an ancestor of "devour" and of the "-ivorous" words, which describe the diets of various animals. These include "carnivorous" ("meat-eating"), "herbivorous" ("plant-eating"), "omnivorous" ("feeding on both animals and plants"), "frugivorous" ("fruit-eating"), "graminivorous" ("feeding on grass"), and "piscivorous" ("fish-eating").

Origin of voracious

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 \vȯ-ˈrā-shəs, və-\

Definition of voracious for Students

  1. 1 :  very hungry :  having a huge appetite

  2. 2 :  very eager <a voracious reader>

voraciously 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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