Definition of greedy
greedilyplay \ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb
greedinessplay \ˈgrē-dē-nəs\ noun
Examples of greedy in a Sentence
He was a ruthless and greedy businessman.
There's no need to get greedy—there's plenty for everyone.
He blames all his problems on greedy lawyers.
Recent Examples of greedy from the Web
Trump's budget is a short-sighted, greedy proposal that will harm his voters the most.
Better to use his uncanny vision to set up teammates than be greedy.
The band toured the country relentlessly in a Winnebago, often fighting greedy club owners who shorted the band on their promised guarantee.
They are joined by Sparrow and pursued by old and new enemies: the British Navy; the greedy pirate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush); and an army of ghouls led by the spectral Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), known as the butcher of the sea.
Once again their greedy pricing will be their downfall.
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Origin and Etymology of greedy
Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdig; akin to Old High German grātac greedy
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of greedy
GREEDY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of greedy for English Language Learners
: having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) : having greed
: very eager to have something
GREEDY Defined for Kids
Definition of greedy for Students
1 : having or showing a selfish desire for more than is needed
2 : having a strong appetite for food or drink : very hungry
3 : very eager to have something She's greedy for power.
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