\ 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

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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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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\ 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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