greedy

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

Definition of greedy

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

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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 trader who cheated the natives 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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There are no goodies and baddies, just violent, greedy, immoral men and innocents caught in the crossfire. J.b., The Economist, "Why “The Wild Bunch” ranks among the most influential Westerns," 18 June 2019 This shrub—a type of mesquite called Prosopis juliflora—was too prolific, too greedy. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "An invasive, thorny tree is taking over Africa—can it be stopped?," 9 Apr. 2019 And while there’s validity to that argument — three titles in the span of four years is pretty great — the Warriors have a special opportunity to be greedy. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Beneath the noise, the Warriors face a unique challenge," 7 June 2019 Agents can be rational or irrational, greedy or fearful, and have all sorts of restrictions and motivations. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "A New Way to Spot the Next Financial Crisis," 18 Dec. 2018 Society may paint girls of color in certain ways: Loud, aggressive, hypersexual, greedy, angry, lazy, dumb. Naomi Wadler, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Wadler on Standing in Her Power One Year After the March for Our Lives," 24 Mar. 2019 The people united cannot be divided — by greedy bosses, by racist politicians, by outdated laws, or by anything else. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Freelancers Want to Join Unions but Labor Laws Won't Let Them," 4 Apr. 2019 Many women who don’t want children can rattle off a list of things people have accused them of being: selfish, immoral, cold, greedy, unable to experience real love—just to name a few. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 And now greedy corporations are running the show, and that drives them crazy. Fox News, "Democrats eye 'fresh face' for 2020," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of greedy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for greedy

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

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greedy

adjective

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

greedy

adjective
\ 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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