glut·​ton·​ous | \ ˈglət-nəs How to pronounce gluttonous (audio) , ˈglə-tə-nəs \

Definition of gluttonous

: marked by or given to gluttony a gluttonous appetite

Other Words from gluttonous

gluttonously adverb
gluttonousness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the city’s most iconic hotels has exceptional service, a gluttonous breakfast buffet, and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. Katie Lockhart, House Beautiful, 6 June 2022 Ottessa Moshfegh’s latest novel takes place in Lapvona, a medieval fiefdom ruled over by a vain and gluttonous lord, Villiam. The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 Because for all of its overwhelming vastness, this period of intense, gluttonous competition between Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon has opened a door. Jason Parham, Wired, 19 Jan. 2022 The gluttonous can binge-watch the results, which were created by the slothful. John Anderson, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2021 Beaming in gluttonous pride, the girls are immediately photographed, and eager to brag about their utterly brilliant couple’s costume as two of the most scandalous alumni of Manhattan’s elite., 11 Aug. 2021 Of course, there is nothing normal about these Summer Games, which means the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is destined to be viewed a symbol of poor planning, gluttonous spending and terribly unfortunate timing. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 If your gluttonous best friend plows through food too fast, a slow-feed option can portion out the meal over 15 minutes. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Perhaps those poor snappers encountered an isopod that was too gluttonous, forcing both parties to deal with the grisly consequences. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gluttonous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluttonous

see glutton

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13 Jun 2022

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“Gluttonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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