ravenous

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adjective rav·en·ous \ˈra-və-nəs, ˈrav-nəs\

Definition of ravenous

  1. 1 :  rapacious ravenous wolves

  2. 2 :  very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification a ravenous appetite

ravenously

adverb

ravenousness

noun

Examples of ravenous in a Sentence

  1. By the time dinner was ready, we were ravenous.

  2. we were ravenous after our canoe paddling, and the chili bubbling over the campfire smelled heavenly

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First Known Use of ravenous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of ravenous

voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink. teenagers are often voracious eaters gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety. an admiral who was gluttonous for glory ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite. a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice. rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns


RAVENOUS Defined for English Language Learners

ravenous

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adjective

Definition of ravenous for English Language Learners

  • : very hungry


RAVENOUS Defined for Kids

ravenous

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adjective rav·en·ous \ˈra-və-nəs\

Definition of ravenous for Students

  1. :  very hungry

ravenously

adverb


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