\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web This created a tension between wanting to get enough food for ourselves, and not wanting to look greedy. Kellie B. Gormly, Anchorage Daily News, "Yes, you do eat more at the holidays. Evolution trained you to.," 26 Nov. 2019 Your toughest problem in the week ahead might be how to fit an extra piece of pumpkin pie on your plate without seeming greedy. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 24, 2019: Happy birthday Katherine Heigl; Taurus, share a meal with someone new," 24 Nov. 2019 The same could be said about the people fighting over it, every last one of whom is greedy, selfish, and pitiful. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Politics of Succession," 15 Oct. 2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a greedy videogame. Wired, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Has Nothing Interesting to Say," 1 Nov. 2019 Sydler’s and Jessen’s results were major advances, but mathematicians are greedy: Are volume and the Dehn invariant enough to determine scissors congruence for shapes of any dimension? Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Cut Apart Shapes to Find Pieces of Equations," 31 Oct. 2019 Set in a world ravaged by sea level rise and tornadoes, Atwood revisits the character’s previous life to examine the greedy capitalist world fuelled by genetic modification that led to this apocalyptic moment. Bernadette Mcbride, Quartzy, "Climate fiction is imagining a future beyond the climate crisis," 11 Oct. 2019 Run your city as a benevolent leader or a greedy dictator; just make sure you're reelected. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Tropico 6 pushes the boundaries of city building," 6 Oct. 2019 But True cited numerous invoices and other records of Hurst's work for Grimes' three campaigns between 2011 in an effort to portray him as selfish, even greedy. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Witness says Jerry Lundergan left him a bag with $20K in cash and a $25K check," 26 Aug. 2019

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

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“Greedy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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