\ 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

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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 And Sam got this close to snatching a couple for her greedy self. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 Death to the greedy patriarchy that has been doing this to women for centuries. Chloe Melas, CNN, 13 July 2021 Vance thought the Republican Party would return to its folksy denouncements of the greedy, lazy poor. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 July 2021 Death to the greedy patriarchy that has been doing this to women for centuries. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Death to the greedy patriarchy that has been doing this to women for centuries. Andrea Towers,, 9 July 2021 After all, bringing up money is usually uncomfortable, and research shows that women who try to negotiate are more likely than men to be perceived as greedy or demanding. Elena Botella, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The station’s unforced errors left it looking more than just foolish — the news operation looked downright irresponsible, greedy and deceptive. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2021 This isn’t just an intellectually powerful woman; this is a fleshy, greedy life-lover. Washington Post, 25 June 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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“Greedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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