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
The salty food was making her thirsty.
struggling to survive in that hot and thirsty climate
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Middle English thirsti, thursty, þristi, going back to Old English þurstig, þyrstig, from þurstthirst entry 1 + -ig-y entry 1 (with parallel formations in Middle Dutch dorstich, Old High German durstac, tursteg)
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of thirsty was
before the 12th century