glut·​ton·​ous ˈglə-tə-nəs How to pronounce gluttonous (audio)
: marked by or given to gluttony
a gluttonous appetite
gluttonously adverb
gluttonousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for gluttonous

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

Examples of gluttonous in a Sentence

gluttonous customers had practically emptied the all-you-can-eat buffet
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Word History


see glutton

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gluttonous was in the 14th century

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“Gluttonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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