\ 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

Other Words from greedy

greedily \ ˈgrē-​də-​lē How to pronounce greedy (audio) \ adverb
greediness \ ˈgrē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce greedy (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 18 May 2022 Or maybe the writer of the story was bored with the details of the transaction and wanted to cast it as a fight to the death between the noble Port and greedy investors bent on ripping off the poor people of Cincinnati. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 6 May 2022 However that turns out, the champions of this approach are not ignorant, greedy or politically motivated. Thomas Hazlett, Star Tribune, 20 Oct. 2020 Several factors should largely uphold home values: a severe shortage of homes for sale, rising incomes, falling unemployment and — in plain language — a tendency for homeowners to be greedy. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 War is inevitable, my students say, because humans are innately greedy and belligerent. John Horgan, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 Much of the public back-and-forth PR barbs focused on Disney’s response, which seemed to cast Johansson as greedy and insensitive to the toll COVID had taken on the industry and the world at large. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2022 The most vehement critics see Web3 as an elaborate Ponzi scheme orchestrated by the same greedy and immoral technology titans who built the social internet. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 2022 Letters raced up and down the coast describing Douglass — a prolific writer with a punishing speaking schedule — as lazy, crafty, and greedy. Lydia Moland,, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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