\ ˈthər-stē How to pronounce thirsty (audio) \
thirstier; thirstiest

Definition of thirsty

1a : feeling thirst hungry and thirsty
b : deficient in moisture : parched thirsty land/soil
c : highly absorbent thirsty towels
d : causing thirst thirsty work
2a : having a strong desire for something : avid thirsty for knowledge
b informal : feeling or showing a strong desire for attention, approval, or publicity (as on social media) … the brands did what was inevitable: They began to tweet about the question, hoping to grab some of that attention for their own. For a thirsty brand, the only thing better than April Fools' Day is a hugely viral meme.— Abby Ohlheiser

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thirstiness \ ˈthər-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce thirsty (audio) \ noun

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Examples of thirsty in a Sentence

The salty food was making her thirsty. struggling to survive in that hot and thirsty climate
Recent Examples on the Web And these are suggested retail prices; a thirsty collector should expect to pay multiples on whiskey’s torrid gray market. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, "The Market for Ultra-Premium American Whiskey Is Booming. Here’s Why.," 27 Mar. 2021 Solis tried to comfort the girl, who was cold, hungry and thirsty. Adriana Gomez Licon, Chron, "Girl's solo journey to US border shows risks parents take," 23 Mar. 2021 If this makes your kid thirsty for more, UGEARS has a working combination lock, mechanical clock, working cash register and many others. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "10 Fun Educational Toys And Gadgets To Keep Your Kids Entertained During Spring Break," 18 Mar. 2021 Andres’ crew has been in Dallas since Friday, Feb. 19, serving free meals to people suffering from power outages or who are hungry and thirsty, after a wave of ice and snow blanketed the state. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "How the ‘most lauded chef in the world’ is feeding Dallasites in crisis," 23 Feb. 2021 The story follows a timid florist shop worker, Seymour, who raises a blood-thirsty plant to impress a girl, Audrey, but with dire consequences. Melissa Whatley,, "‘Horrors’: Dulaney High’s musical production will be streamed," 15 Mar. 2021 If the fairgrounds do open, Hess will be there all 12 days, tapping kegs at the Midway Men's Club — beloved destination of thirsty fairgoers and a major fundraiser for his neighborhood's rec centers and youth programs. Star Tribune, "Planting the seeds for a great Minnesota get-together," 13 Mar. 2021 Portions of the canal system currently bring water to a thirsty metropolitan area. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Archaeologic finds in Mesa, Tempe connect the history of O'odham peoples' history to present day," 6 Mar. 2021 The water level indicator will ensure your plant never goes thirsty and a water injection port makes quick work of the refill. Southern Living, "Windowsill Gardening Kits That'll Kick-Start Your Green Thumb," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thirsty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for thirsty

Middle English thirsti, thursty, þristi, going back to Old English þurstig, þyrstig, from þurst thirst entry 1 + -ig -y entry 1 (with parallel formations in Middle Dutch dorstich, Old High German durstac, tursteg)

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1 Apr 2021

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“Thirsty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thirsty

: having an uncomfortable feeling because you need something to drink : feeling thirst
: needing water
literary : feeling a strong desire or need for something


\ ˈthər-stē How to pronounce thirsty (audio) \
thirstier; thirstiest

Kids Definition of thirsty

1 : feeling a need for liquids
2 : needing moisture thirsty crops
3 : having a strong desire : eager The stray dog was thirsty for affection.

Other Words from thirsty

thirstily \ ˈthər-​stə-​lē \ adverb


\ ˈthər-stē How to pronounce thirsty (audio) \
thirstier; thirstiest

Medical Definition of thirsty

: feeling thirst

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