Definition of grasping in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɑːspɪŋ/


Avaricious; greedy: they were regarded as grasping landlords
More example sentences
  • A grasping and greedy ethos seems to be what grips most of our citizens.
  • It's a grasping, greedy society, fuelled by educational expectation and privilege.
  • She hid it under the carpets to keep it from the grasping claws of her greedy brother, who was a man not averse to physical violence and who put pressure on everybody to help him service his frequent debts.
North American  forehanded
North American informal cheap, grabby
Australian/New Zealand informal hungry
vulgar slang tight-arsed



Example sentences
  • On the other hand, this doesn't mean that we have to kowtow to the disingenuous, the graspingly ambitious, the intellectually dishonest, or others whose views conflict with our own.
  • And I know what it feels like to want quietly and graspingly for unknown things.
  • Pidgin is spoken slowly and graspingly, has no formal set of rules or consistent structure, and relies heavily on the speakers' native languages.


Example sentences
  • He has persuaded John that every socially prescribed role entraps one in falsity, the clamour of petty needs, and graspingness.
  • Envy is a graspingness for self. Greed is a graspingness for life.
  • They trade on their rudeness, graspingness and lack of consideration and everybody knows about this before they book.
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