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

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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

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gluttonous customers had practically emptied the all-you-can-eat buffet
Recent Examples on the Web His early entries that year are filled with blithe, gluttonous descriptions of food, plays and women. The Economist, "The lives of others Diaries written in adversity can be a source of solace," 23 May 2020 When doing renovations and expansions, American museum leaders sometimes go on ghastly, gluttonous ego trips and spending sprees — adventure travel that never ends well. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 There are those for whom the Olympics are the last thing on their mind, who see the mere discussion of how to proceed with them a useless and, frankly, gluttonous exercise. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Olympics are to be held in 2021, organizers need every day to pull them off," 30 Mar. 2020 But pasta is not all about excess and gluttonous hedonism. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Pasta Granny goals: 3 frugal recipes from our new favorite cookbook," 7 Jan. 2020 In the 19th century, religious reformers railed against the gluttonous binge of the meal. Adrienne Bitar, Time, "The Turkey Has Been the Subject of Thanksgiving-Day Arguments for Longer Than You Probably Think," 28 Nov. 2019 But the restaurant chain, known for its eponymous cheesecakes and other gluttonous comfort food, hopes to be a popular destination for hungry Black Friday shoppers. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Cheesecake Factory looks to hungry holiday shoppers to boost earnings," 26 Nov. 2019 Macrophages are gluttonous cells that recognize invaders and engulf them for destruction. Ilana Yurkiewicz, Smithsonian, "The Possibilities and Risks of Genetically Altering Immune Cells to Fight Cancer," 26 Oct. 2019 To be fair, China’s 1.4bn people are being asked to show a self-restraint unknown in the gluttonous West. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019

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

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27 May 2020

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“Gluttonous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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