avid

adjective
av·​id | \ ˈa-vəd How to pronounce avid (audio) \

Definition of avid

1 : characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit : very eager and enthusiastic avid readers/fans an avid golfer
2 : desirous to the point of greed : urgently eager : greedy avid for publicity/success

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Other Words from avid

avidly adverb
avidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for avid

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

The Finer Points of Avid

The original and now relatively unfamiliar sense of avid, “desirous to the point of greed,” developed logically from its root in Latin, avēre (meaning “to long for”). It appears in such phrases as “avid of fame” and “avid for details,” expressions we are more likely to encounter in formal writing than in speech. More common today is the word’s somewhat weakened and ameliorated (that is, “made better,” or given a more positive connotation) meaning “extremely enthusiastic.” This is the sense regularly used of people who have embraced some hobby or pursuit (such as avid readers, gardeners, or knitters).

Examples of avid in a Sentence

He is an avid admirer of horror movies. They took an avid interest in politics. some of the newspaper's most avid readers
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Recent Examples on the Web The move allows Dowdell, an avid snow skier, to be closer to his mom. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 11 June 2021 An avid tennis player, Dr. Sindler was a regular Monday night player at the Bare Hills Tennis Club with his wife of 58 years, the former Victoria Norkus. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 11 June 2021 Wide receiver Amari Cooper is an avid chess player. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 8 June 2021 Mitch, an avid bridge player and amateur photographer, lives in Finksburg with his wife, Sue, and their three cats. Mitch Edelman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 1 June 2021 Kate, an avid tennis player, is patron of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 27 May 2021 Denver attorney Jason Flores-Williams, an avid backcountry skier who is representing DeWitt and Hannibal, said the case raises questions about a state agency acting on behalf of law enforcement, as well as issues involving excessive fines. Fox News, 25 Mar. 2021 Denver attorney Jason Flores-Williams, an avid backcountry skier who is representing DeWitt and Hannibal, said the case raises questions about a state agency acting on behalf of law enforcement, as well as issues involving excessive fines. Thomas Peipert, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 Speaking of beautiful cities that are perfect for the avid skier, Burlington, Vermont, has a ton to offer to remote workers and is an all-around fantastic city. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of avid

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for avid

French or Latin; French avide, from Latin avidus, from avēre to desire, crave; akin to Welsh ewyllys desire, Old Irish con-oí he protects

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23 Jun 2021

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“Avid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avid. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for avid

avid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of avid

: very eager
: wanting something very much

avid

adjective
av·​id | \ ˈa-vəd How to pronounce avid (audio) \

Kids Definition of avid

: very eager an avid football fan

Other Words from avid

avidly adverb

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