greedy

adjective \ ˈgrē-dē \

Definition of greedy

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

greedily

play \ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb

greediness

play \ˈgrē-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of greedy in a Sentence

  1. He was a ruthless and greedy businessman.

  2. There's no need to get greedy—there's plenty for everyone.

  3. He blames all his problems on greedy lawyers.

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Origin and Etymology of greedy

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

Synonym Discussion of 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 trader who cheated the natives
avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess.
    • an avaricious miser

GREEDY Defined for English Language Learners

greedy

adjective

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

greedy

adjective \ ˈgrē-dē \

Definition of greedy for Students

greedier; greediest
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.

greedily

\ˈgrē-də-lē\ adverb


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