thirsty

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

Definition of thirsty

1a : feeling thirst
b : deficient in moisture : parched thirsty land
c : highly absorbent thirsty towels
2 : having a strong desire : avid thirsty for knowledge

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Other Words from thirsty

thirstiness \ ˈthər-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce thirstiness (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 Generally, a high serum concentration makes animals, including humans, feel thirsty. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Here’s how hibernating squirrels live for months without water," 1 Oct. 2019 America’s Energy Information Administration, within President Donald Trump’s energy department, expects the world to remain thirsty for oil, with demand rising up until 2050. The Economist, "Aramco is both the oil sector’s Goliath and a firm vexed by problems," 31 Oct. 2019 Thousands of years ago, the liquid asphalt trapped unsuspecting mammoths, horses, giant ground sloths, camels and bison that roamed the area, thirsty for a drink. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Preserving the unique history of the La Brea Tar Pits," 11 Oct. 2019 Pickens flirted with marketing water from West Texas, acquiring water rights in the early 2000s in hopes of selling it to thirsty cities. NBC News, "Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91," 11 Sep. 2019 Other scientists are probing how retreating glaciers and shifting vegetation may be altering the flow of water from the mountain to thirsty communities below. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 White Claw keeps tightening its grip on a thirsty nation, and its appeal is understandable. oregonlive, "White Claw reaches peak hysteria with rationing, destroys boozy gender divide," 10 Sep. 2019 So the gas truck is quick and thirsty while the diesel is slower and thriftier, right? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Offers a Tough Choice: Gas or Diesel?," 8 Sep. 2019 Ice cold margaritas and other chilled beverages were waiting for thirsty mixer-goers. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "August events keep locals on the go; plans for next wine and food fest look delish," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thirsty

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

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“Thirsty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thirstiness. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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thirsty

adjective
How to pronounce thirsty (audio)

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

thirsty

adjective
\ 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

thirsty

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

Medical Definition of thirsty

: feeling thirst

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