rav·​en·​ous | \ ˈra-və-nəs How to pronounce ravenous (audio) , ˈrav-nəs \

Definition of ravenous

1 : rapacious ravenous wolves
2 : very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification a ravenous appetite

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Other Words from ravenous

ravenously adverb
ravenousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

ravishing or ravenous?

Ravenous and ravishing are not synonyms, and mixing these two words may lead to potentially awkward writing or conversation. Ravenous is commonly used with the meaning “very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification,” and ravishing means “unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking.” If you find yourself hungry and standing in front of a spectacular-looking meal you would say (of the food) “that looks ravishing,” and (of yourself) “I am ravenous.” You may, of course, describe yourself as ravishing, but should be aware that you are commenting on your appearance rather than your hunger.

Examples of ravenous in a Sentence

By the time dinner was ready, we were ravenous. we were ravenous after our canoe paddling, and the chili bubbling over the campfire smelled heavenly
Recent Examples on the Web And then, quite quickly after recovery, people often report feeling ravenous. BostonGlobe.com, "A vaccine side effect you haven't heard about: Weird food cravings," 29 Apr. 2021 More than any superstar of his generation — and even those that followed — John is also a curious and ravenous consumer of the new in pop. New York Times, "New Friends," 12 Apr. 2021 What better way to reduce emissions than supplying a data center, ravenous for cheap 24/7 electricity, that can be built into a transportable shipping container? Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The pandemic is turning fracking companies into Bitcoin miners," 29 Mar. 2021 The group says that a version of Instagram – the photo- and video-sharing app with more than 1 billion users – for kids under 13 preys on their fear of missing out as their ravenous desire for approval by peers exploits their developmental growth. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Cancel Instagram for kids: It 'preys' on children's fear of missing out, advocates say to Zuckerberg," 16 Apr. 2021 Yet the reason for this isn’t necessarily a bunch of ravenous home-buyers. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "No, we are not in another housing bubble," 16 Apr. 2021 John Jurgensen reports, the series and its ravenous fan base have spawned an active digital ecosystem: from YouTube analysis to Facebook groups focused simply on Baby Yoda memes. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: ‘The Mandalorian’ and Christmas Movies (Yes, on Halloween)," 30 Oct. 2020 That sultry summer night when old friends sailed into Plymouth Harbor, sunburned and ravenous, and trusted me to guide them to a table befitting their journey. BostonGlobe.com, "3 places we supported this week," 6 Apr. 2021 Among its most-striking features, VelociCoaster will attempt to outgun ravenous, lithe velociraptors with a magnetic launch that will hit 70 mph in 2.4 seconds and send passengers soaring up and over a 155-foot top hat tower. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "'Ultimate thrill coaster': Universal Orlando will release the dinosaurs in its Jurassic World VelociCoaster," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ravenous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ravenous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravenous. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ravenous

: very hungry


rav·​en·​ous | \ ˈra-və-nəs How to pronounce ravenous (audio) \

Kids Definition of ravenous

: very hungry

Other Words from ravenous

ravenously adverb

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