\ 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

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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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First Known Use of thirsty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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12 Feb 2020

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“Thirsty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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.

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thirstily \ ˈthər-​stə-​lē \ adverb


\ ˈthər-stē How to pronounce thirsty (audio) \
thirstier; thirstiest

Medical Definition of thirsty

: feeling thirst

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