\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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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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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 The club’s bar is open both days, since shopping can be thirsty work. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Ready or not, holiday bazaars get started this weekend," 31 Oct. 2018 Vaughn said coyotes are often feared and are frequently misportrayed as vengeful, blood-thirsty creatures. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Small dogs no match for coyotes in metro Detroit, attacks on the rise," 4 June 2018 The Scots, who are the thirstiest of the bunch, are determined to cut down. The Economist, "Scotland’s minimum price for alcohol may have unexpected effects," 1 Mar. 2018 Some growers got out of the business altogether; others are replacing the water-consuming avocado trees with less-thirsty crops such as grapes. J. Harry Jones,, "Farming remains big part of county's economy," 5 July 2018 During the drought, almond farmers got a lot of flak for growing a seemingly thirsty crop when there was little to no surface water, but avocados need even more water than nuts. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Farming A Warming Planet: An Interview Nathanael Johnson," 31 May 2018 How thirsty: 17 miles per gallon, 24 mpg in the city and 20 mpg overall How big: 17.5 feet. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 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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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

: 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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a nest or breeding place

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