\ 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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Other Words from thirsty

thirstiness \ ˈthər-​stē-​nəs \ 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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Either way, the local silversmith's wife is extremely thirsty, and not for water. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Biggest Reveals from 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 The thick morning fog, generated through the collision of cold sea air with warmer air from the desert, feeds the otherwise-thirsty landscape and all its inhabitants. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 Meghan Markle was baptized and also kidnapped, Prince Harry has been dodging blood-thirsty ponies, and Lifetime released their teaser trailer for Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "What Do You Think of the Royal Wedding Invitations?," 22 Mar. 2018 Pistachios are a thirsty crop, and water prices have soared as the federal and state governments cut back supplies to protect smelt and salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "California Farmers Are Trade-War Casualties," 19 Sep. 2018 Compare that to the almond, the most thirsty of all milk replacements: the chickpea requires 501 gallons to produce a pound whereas the almond demands more than double that, a hefty 1,929 gallons. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 With China to the south and Russia to the north, the country is still a place of wilds untamed, from wolves in the Ural mountains to the thirsty expanses of the Gobi, where necessary supplies always travel with you. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018 And yet, all the naming innuendos are comically thirsty right now. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Wore Sex-Themed Makeup for a Week and Felt Comically Thirsty," 8 Nov. 2018 At least help provide water or something, in case the customer gets thirsty. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "New Starbucks open-bathroom policy draws mixed reviews from Arizona customers," 19 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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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 \
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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to deny responsibility for

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