\ 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 With Russian oil banned in the United States and Europe now proposing an embargo of its own, India can buy the crude at substantial discounts, powering its energy-thirsty economy at a lower cost. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Now, the evidence suggests that, much like in the 1980s, when excess and liberation led the aesthetics of the era, both designers and mainstream culture are thirsty for some vision of freedom. Frances Solá-santiago,, 2 May 2022 Not feeling lonely would be the equivalent of never feeling thirsty thus neglecting to drink water and then collapsing unknowingly due to dehydration. Ryan Jenkins, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Growing up in Latvia, Muižniece was thirsty to learn all aspects of the great spirit tradition. Valentina Di Donato, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Of note, brain imaging studies confirm that superfluous drinking is unpleasant and requires greater muscular effort than drinking when thirsty. Tamara Hew-butler, CNN, 5 May 2021 Yet at the same time, California is investing billions to pry people out of their gas-thirsty cars and trucks. Grace Gedye, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Years of higher crude prices could also hurt China's oil-thirsty manufacturing sector. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 Buyers, too, have gravitated to larger, more fuel-thirsty models, leading many auto makers to discontinue some of their most fuel-efficient offerings in the U.S.—models such as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Christina Rogers, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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\ 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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