\ˈthər-stē \
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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thirstiness \ˈthər-stē-nəs \ noun

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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How thirsty: 17 miles per gallon, 24 mpg in the city and 20 mpg overall How big: 17.5 feet. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 Midtown’s Cheney Street is an oasis for the thirsty and hungry. Natasha Bourlin,, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Here are some examples: • Replace water-thirsty plants with landscaping that requires little additional irrigation. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Thinking green before spending your green," 27 May 2018 This Well Runs Deep This gorgeous self-watering planter from Gardener’s Supply Company looks like your classic patio pot, but actually holds up to one quart of water for your thirsty plants. Sunset, "10 Self-Watering Pots to Save Time & Precious Resources," 22 Jan. 2018 Rain gardens look lovely, planted with blooming irises and other thirsty plants. Susan Langenhennig,, "5 simple things homeowners can do to fight flooding and improve drainage," 10 Jan. 2018 Four-bangers have come a long way in the past few years as tighter emissions regulations and rising fuel costs have pushed automakers to replace thirstier V6s and V8s. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 Rice, wheat and sugarcane are thirsty, a serious matter in a country with precarious supplies of water. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse's grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, though co-founders Rob Archie and Peter Hoey have been serving thirsty workers from nearby state offices after 5 p.m. all week. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "‘Bold and flavorful’ brewery and smokehouse to open near Southside Park on Saturday | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 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

: feeling a strong desire or need for something


\ˈthər-stē \
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 \
thirstier; thirstiest

Medical Definition of thirsty 

: feeling thirst

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