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
After the first greedy devouring of raw narration, there dawns a sense of the music within the words, the many voices that intrigue, or frighten, or amuse.
The result of this greedy hubris was generations of homeowners who insist upon their constitutional right to bear armor (i.e., seawalls) to keep their homes from falling onto the beach.
The jury appears to have rejected the government’s characterization of Mr. Cadden as callous and greedy.
Being a greedy and ungenerous person will hurt not just your soul, but your music, too.
Far more, in fact, than the near-term focus of the typical greedy stance.
Middle Passage’ has taken place in the Mediterranean, whose deceptively calm waves became the watery graves of many a refugee braving the sea on rickety, overflowing boats operated by greedy seamen, the slave traders of yesteryear.
Greedy thieves have priced themselves out of the market.
Trump's budget is a short-sighted, greedy proposal that will harm his voters the most.
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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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