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 estategreedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire.
greedy for status symbolsacquisitive 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 WebThe rival ticketing company executive says Ticketmaster is certainly greedy, but that there’s no inherent malfeasance about utilizing dynamic pricing per the artist’s wishes.
Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 30 Aug. 2022 The Nazis were greedy, for starters, but the story is rooted — of course — in their brutal anti-Semitism.
Joel Mathis, The Week, 23 Aug. 2022 Initially somewhat of a foil to Ed, Dexter eventually teams up with him to help bring down a competitor burger chain led by a greedy corporation.
Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 VPNs can be brought down by vulnerabilities, unencrypted servers, greedy data brokers, or by being owned by Facebook.
Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 Quantum theory redeems black holes from being the greedy monsters they are made out to be.
Ahmed Almheiri, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2022 Manta’s webcomic version will follow Woongjae, a greedy pastor with a spending problem who takes up a case to investigate a cult when the gig promises a hefty sum.
Ej Panaligan, Variety, 16 Aug. 2022 The perception that borrowers are inherently needy and lenders greedy stubbornly persists.
Adam Rowe, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The second recalls 2019, in which there’s a significant disconnect between greedy sellers and realistic bidders.
Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 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