\ 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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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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Pads people don’t need to hear the beer man’s advice. Stay thirsty, my friends. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres can take heart from Blues in post-NFL St. Louis," 14 June 2019 Thursday: For those born thirsty, tonight is your night. Evan Dudley,, "See Birmingham Barons’ promotions for homestand starting today," 12 June 2019 It’s hard to walk outside in grassy areas or the woods without being attacked by blood-thirsty creatures lurking around every corner. Suzanne Baker, Aurora Beacon-News, "Experts: Time for mosquito overload," 10 June 2019 Within a few decades, towing bergs to thirsty cities could be routine. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "Water shortages could make iceberg delivery routine," 8 June 2019 The former is a beardo who frequently wraps his musical disquisitions in irony, but deep down is an earnest singer-songwriter thirsty to be heard. Dan Deluca,, "The summer’s biggest concerts in Philadelphia, from the Rolling Stones to Made in America," 5 June 2019 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

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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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