Definition of esurient in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈsjʊərɪənt/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈsjʊərɪənt/


archaic or humorous
Hungry or greedy.
Example sentences
  • In Masson's metamorphosis of image and reality in Pygmalion, the sculpture on the right becomes the esurient monster at the table; indeed, it becomes the table itself, devouring its contents.
  • Outside the Hungry Pilgrim restaurant stood an examplar of esurient puritanism dressed in a black-and-white Cromwellian costume with hair in a pigtail.



Example sentences
  • He grins sheepishly, then eyes everyone else's meals esuriently.


Late 17th century: from Latin esurient- 'being hungry', from the verb esurire, from esse 'eat'.

Words that rhyme with esurient

luxuriant, parturient, prurient

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