\ 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 Backstage at the Dior Men pre-fall 2021 show in December, makeup artist Peter Philips supercharged and plumped skin with Dior Capture Crème moisturizer, adding drops of Capture Total serum to extra thirsty dry patches. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Ultimate Beauty Basics for Men: From Skin Care to No-Makeup Makeup," 11 Jan. 2021 Rechanneling water from rural areas to thirsty growth spots like Queen Creek has long been handled by municipal water managers and utilities, but investors adept at sniffing out undervalued assets sense an opportunity. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 Pat O’Brien’s typically stocks up with literal truckloads of extra booze to serve midnight revelers and thirsty Sugar Bowl fans during a normal New Year’s Eve weekend. Keith Spera,, "Odd ending to a tough 2020: No crowds, fireworks for New Orleans New Year's Eve due to coronavirus," 30 Dec. 2020 Into small, dark rooms, where he was confined, hungry, thirsty and very frightened. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "Trapped in Limbo Down Under," 7 Dec. 2020 Statistically, a La Niña winter doesn’t promise much relief for the entire thirsty region. Los Angeles Times, "Santa may not need the heavy red coat when he visits Southern California," 16 Dec. 2020 At the same time, the dashing Simon, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), is trying to get the thirsty families who want nothing more than to pair their daughters with him to leave him alone. Natalie Morin,, "Thank Shonda Rhimes For Netflix’s Bridgerton, Your Next Juicy Obsession," 15 Dec. 2020 In a study last year, for example, some of the volunteers got thirsty during a bout of fast walking on a treadmill in a room at 35°C with 30% humidity. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk," 12 Nov. 2020 The century-old automaker is best known for high-performance — and fuel-thirsty — vehicles like the Bentayga SUV and Flying Spur sedan. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Luxury automaker Bentley to go all electric," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Thirsty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 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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