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voracious

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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

Full Definition of voracious

  1. 1 :  having a huge appetite :  ravenous

  2. 2 :  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>



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>.


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