Definition of athirst in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈTHərst/


[predicative] archaic
Example sentences
  • … he always thought that God in his goodness had created the plant to give drink to such as were athirst on a hot and toilsome march and so he looked with gratitude and admiration on its representative in Canada.
  • I took also a handful of dried apples, most of which I gave to Shagg, for I was still athirst despite the cold, and could not swallow them.
1.1Very eager to get something: she was athirst for news
More example sentences
  • He believed that the respect in which these journals were held by a reading public athirst for good commentary would cause a very undesirable public indignation in the event of their suppression.
  • Baxter's life was a sermon, demonstrating, explaining, and applying the text, ‘my soul is athirst for God’.
  • You are probably athirst with romantic desire.


Old English ofthyrst, shortened from ofthyrsted, past participle of ofthyrstan 'be thirsty'.

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Syllabification: a·thirst

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