\ ə-ˈthərst How to pronounce athirst (audio) \

Definition of athirst

1 archaic : thirsty
2 : having a strong eager desire I that for ever feel athirst for glory— John Keats

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eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst mean moved by a strong and urgent desire or interest. eager implies ardor and enthusiasm and sometimes impatience at delay or restraint. eager to get started avid adds to eager the implication of insatiability or greed. avid for new thrills keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action. keen on the latest fashions anxious emphasizes fear of frustration or failure or disappointment. anxious not to make a social blunder athirst stresses yearning but not necessarily readiness for action. athirst for adventure

Examples of athirst in a Sentence

was athirst for any news at all about family members serving in the war zone

First Known Use of athirst

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for athirst

Middle English, from Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan to suffer from thirst, from of off, from + thyrstan to thirst — more at of

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The first known use of athirst was before the 12th century

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“Athirst.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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