\ 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 greedily (audio) \ adverb
greediness \ ˈgrē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce greediness (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 Instead, the group is being set up: a greedy young pharmaceuticals mogul named Steven Merrick (Harry Melling) kidnaps all of them but Nile, in order to extract their DNA and distill their regenerative trait into a marketable therapy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Old Guard,” Reviewed: Warriors Who Can Never Die, or Free Themselves from Genre Constraints," 9 July 2020 Patience could easily become Jane Eyre’s Bertha, an Afro-Caribbean woman declared mad by greedy, racist men. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: June romances embrace the inherent sexiness of faking it," 30 June 2020 Humans of all races continued to fight for our global liberation from a capitalist and greedy model of living, to a deeply sustainable, equitable, and Indigenous-centered reality., "Astrology Predicted The 2020 Revolution. Here’s What’s Coming Next," 24 June 2020 Another common trope depicts poachers as male, greedy, gun-toting African criminals. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "More than 21,000 have signed petition to keep Disneyland closed amid coronavirus pandemic," 13 June 2020 Some fans paint players as greedy and that’s a problem for a league that has trouble marketing its stars. Bobby Nightengale,, "Opinion: Major League Baseball swings and misses during its turn in the spotlight," 10 June 2020 Canadian singer Bryan Adams went on a tirade against 'greedy bastards' in China for the coronavirus pandemic. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Singer Bryan Adams goes on expletive-filled rant against China over coronavirus pandemic," 12 May 2020 The Buckeyes may not have an immediate need for another commit at the position — 15 overall in the class — but could get greedy still look to add another. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football and the recruiting battle for 4-star cornerback Hunter Washington," 7 Apr. 2020

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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