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
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
Recent Examples of avid from the Web
After Kansas City police chose that term to characterize four killings dating back to August around a south Kansas City trail system, avid users couldn’t help but wonder who might be lurking in the trees.
Avid gardeners in their 70s, the Halls turned an acre of weeds outside their back door into a stunning forest garden, brimming with azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and other shade-loving shrubs.
While an avid user of Twitter, Trump has never reached the number of followers that former President Barack Obama has.
But even the most avid hydrators among us have to admit: water can get boring.
An avid cyclist, Brethauer recalled how a truck driver once purposely went onto the shoulder ahead of him and sprayed him with gravel.
Dr. Howard and his wife also were avid collectors of modern art.
Philanthropist Tom W. Jones, an avid supporter of education, donated the funds that allowed the library to purchase the Express boxes and return bins for Silver Grove and Melbourne.
Harding said Bernadette, an avid gardener, envisioned the tree becoming a place where children could relax in the shade while enjoying a book.
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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).
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1769See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of avid
AVID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avid for English Language Learners
: very eager
: wanting something very much
AVID Defined for Kids
Definition of avid for Students
: very eager an avid football fan
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