\ 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 By taking on the greedy, manipulative, and willfully deceptive mainstream health system, CrossFit cast itself as the keeper of truth. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 Three assembly-line workers in need of money (and sick of greedy bosses and crooked union chiefs) plan to steal the contents of a safe at the auto union's headquarters. Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 His dim best friend Patrick Star, his crabby co-worker Squidward Tentacles, and his greedy boss Mr. Krabs would color the neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, "‘SpongeBob’ actors get tearful remembering creator Stephen Hillenburg at Comic-Con," 19 July 2019 Where Lock showed his maturity is by not getting greedy on third down. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "“A good first game”: Five takeaways from Drew Lock’s Broncos debut," 2 Dec. 2019 Joe is going to get greedy, lose everything and be back at the pawn shop to pay for Christmas. Joseph Goodman, al, "Oregon, Ohio State on upset watch; Georgia vulnerable," 21 Nov. 2019 The season hasn’t yet reached the halfway point, but the linemen are getting greedy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "USD offensive line provides pleasant surprise," 18 Oct. 2019 There doesn’t seem to be an easy escape, and that’s true whether the league’s leaders are noble and good, or greedy and craven. Mike Finger,, "Fair or not, NBA signed up for this controversy," 10 Oct. 2019 Ford says the litigation is the work of greedy lawyers eager to line their pockets through frivolous claims. Phoebe Wall Howard,, "Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'Everybody knew'," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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27 Jan 2020

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“Greedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 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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