\ 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For too long, greedy owners had decimated the beautiful game, sucking all of the joy and spontaneity out of it in an unending pursuit of riches. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the Chaotic Protest at Manchester United’s Stadium Was Good, Actually," 3 May 2021 There is no reason that greedy NHL owners could not spend some of their money to figure out a way to make ice hockey watchable. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "With the Super League Defeated, Sports Fans Can Now Fight Other Evils," 29 Apr. 2021 Not to be greedy, but the Winter Springs senior said adding another Florida High School Athletic Association championship medallion to his collection this weekend would be a really big deal. Buddy Collings,, "Winter Springs’ Marvin Collins looks to lift a second FHSAA championship," 22 Apr. 2021 The fatal mistake the greedy owners made was drawing the curtain back on their real objectives. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Super League's quick demise fueled by greed and disrespect for fans, tradition," 22 Apr. 2021 The Super League clubs were left to deal with the humiliation of a stunning own goal that caused their own fans to accuse them of being greedy billionaires. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Soccer’s Super League Made Plans for the Next 23 Years. It Failed in 48 Hours.," 22 Apr. 2021 After decades of hypocrisy, denying gambling fuels their game, greedy billionaires find more money with no work necessary. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: April is Liars Month in NFL, and Justin Fields appears to be latest victim," 17 Apr. 2021 Attempting to save his neighborhood from greedy property investors, the mild-mannered Omar becomes a community superhero, joining a group of other young people who have their own useful skill sets. New York Times, "Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast," 16 Apr. 2021 Still, the film brought Godzilla out of mothballs and established a formula — including the introduction of greedy capitalists as an evil greater than any giant monster — that subsequent entries would polish to perfection. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "All 15 Classic Godzilla Movies, Ranked," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of greedy was before the 12th century

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12 May 2021

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“Greedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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