\ ˈgrē-dē How to pronounce greedy (audio) \
greedier; greediest

Definition of greedy

1 : marked by greed : having or showing a selfish desire for wealth and possessions greedy creditors
2 : eager, keen greedy for fame
3 : having a strong desire for food or drink a predator greedy of its prey

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Other Words from greedy

greedily \ ˈgrē-​də-​lē How to pronounce greedily (audio) \ adverb
greediness \ ˈgrē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce greediness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for greedy

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions. covetous of his brother's country estate greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire. greedy for status symbols acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep. an eagerly acquisitive mind grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means. a hard grasping businesswoman who cheated her associates avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Take it along while fishing and camping, or load it up for an epic barbecue knowing that the solid construction is designed to withstand a beating from weather or greedy bears. Popular Science, "Great coolers that keep foods fresh and ready to eat," 15 May 2020 Inside Daniels’ greedy sci-fi dystopia, the working class believe uploading is a human right, but not everyone sees it that way. Jason Parham, Wired, "Upload Is a Clunky Parable About Class in a Digital Afterlife," 6 May 2020 Though untempted by wealth, AMLO is greedy for power. The Economist, "AMLO uses his anti-corruption drive to gain power and scare critics," 30 Nov. 2019 Hill wrote a column in The Atlantic this week criticizing the NBA's handling of the issue, saying the league is going to have to choose between being seen as progressive for welcoming free speech, or greedy for mollifying China. NBC News, "As the China-NBA crisis continues, ESPN toes its no-politics line," 9 Oct. 2019 But thanks to the magic of television, Season 2 has now happened and people are greedy for more - especial given the finale. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Viewers are demanding a third season of 'Big Little Lies'," 22 July 2019 Many fans saw it, on both sides, as the pot calling the kettle greedy — millionaires whining to millionaires about a few bucks. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "25 years ago this week, we saw baseball return from historic monthslong strike," 23 Apr. 2020 American business for decades has been dominated by greedy, corrupt oligarchs who privatize the gains and socialize the losses. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "How to bail out businesses without giving billions to Wall Street looters," 18 Mar. 2020 Back then, the grandfathers of today’s non-BA whites were drawn to Franklin Roosevelt, who supported generously funded public works programs and expressed open contempt for greedy corporate tycoons. Helen Epstein, The New York Review of Books, "Left Behind," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of greedy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for greedy

Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdig; akin to Old High German grātac greedy

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“Greedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of greedy

: having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) : having greed
: very eager to have something


\ ˈgrē-dē How to pronounce greedy (audio) \
greedier; greediest

Kids Definition of greedy

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.

Other Words from greedy

greedily \ ˈgrē-​də-​lē \ adverb

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