\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for thirsty


arid, droughty, dry, sere (also sear), waterless


damp, dank, humid, moist, wet

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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

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Choose a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated to keep your skin from getting thirsty. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Deal With That Frustrating Hand Eczema," 25 Apr. 2018 Fix it: Keep an eye out for obvious signs of dehydration, including having yellow pee, feeling thirsty, and having a dry mouth. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 How about a silver gavel to pound on the table at a raucous event—one that could silence a room or just as easily measure out a few jiggers of hooch to the thirsty and hushed? Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Old Money Hardware for a Man in a Hurry," 20 Oct. 2015 As Elle points out, the latest such display of digital PDA came courtesy of The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye), who left a thirsty AF comment on one of Bella's most recent Instagram posts. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Have Taken Instagram Flirting to New Heights," 19 Oct. 2018 Another is this Belgian beer bar off Washington Square Park, where thirsty travellers cradle goblets of Chimay and Delirium Tremens drawn straight from the tap. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "Seeking a Continental Illusion at Vol de Nuit," 8 June 2018 Farming is a matter of long-term planning: Just because there was a drought for a nearly six years doesn’t mean farmers can remove their thirsty nut trees and plant strawberries. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Farming A Warming Planet: An Interview Nathanael Johnson," 31 May 2018 An ad for the new live-action Aladdin prompted some thirsty Genie tweets. Vogue, "These Were the Most Viral Moments From the Grammy Awards 2019," 11 Feb. 2019 Just stepping foot in the paddock, the owner and health investigators were inundated with thirsty ticks that instantly began clawing up their pant legs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US invaded by savage tick that sucks animals dry, spawns without mating," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of thirsty

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

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The first known use of thirsty was before the 12th century

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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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