Definition of ravenous in English:

Share this entry

ravenous

Pronunciation: /ˈrav(ə)nəs/

adjective

1Extremely hungry: I’d been out all day and was ravenous
More example sentences
  • At that spot, they found a dead deer, still steaming, and took hungry, ravenous bites out of it.
  • I am secretly a ravenous animal for compliments
  • Mr. Numan walked in attracted by the smells of fine dinner on the table, collapsed at his chair, and ate some food like a ravenous animal.
Synonyms
very hungry, starving, starved, famished
informal with one's stomach cleaving to one's backbone
rare sharp-set, esurient
1.1(Of hunger or need) very great; voracious: a ravenous appetite
More example sentences
  • Arrive before you have built up a ravenous hunger.
  • The size of a hornet hive grows quickly as the season progresses - and so does the ravenous hunger of the young hornets.
  • He didn't even notice the ravenous hunger that made his stomach rumble in silent agony.
Synonyms
voracious, insatiable, ravening, wolfish;
greedy, gluttonous, gannet-like
literary insatiate
rare edacious

Derivatives

ravenously

Pronunciation: /ˈrav(ə)nəsli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • As we eat ravenously, chipmunks scavenge for crumbs.
  • She ate ravenously, as if unaccustomed to plentiful food - as indeed she was.
  • And inevitably, watching these shows makes you ravenously hungry.

ravenousness

noun
Example sentences
  • Within this unapologetic ravenousness, modestly scaled galleries remain among the few institutions that offer the hope of artistic refuge, drawing in enough of the locals to support a token sense of regionalism.
  • By impartially observing my ravenousness and making light of my food desires, I am dissolving my mental hunger pangs.
  • As their ravenousness for power grew, their cities began to fall apart.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French ravineus, from raviner 'to ravage' (see raven2).

Words that rhyme with ravenous

cavernous
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words