Definition of greedy in English:


Syllabification: greed·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēdē

adjective (greedier, greediest)

1Having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power: greedy thieves who plundered a defense contractor
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  • They are sometimes pugilistic, invariably dominant, and often greedy for power.
  • She was greedy for power, and didn't let morals get in the way of her pursuit of it.
  • Anthony had been the one who was greedy for his family's wealth wanting to use it for his own ends.
avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, grasping, materialistic, mercenary, possessiveeager, avid, hungry, craving, longing, yearning, hankering; impatient, anxious
informal dying, itching
1.1Having an excessive desire or appetite for food.
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  • It's partly the result, he says, of our endless greedy appetite for the good things of life.
  • Dennis groped his greedy hands over the box of food that Adrian had kept so securely beside him.
  • The blackcurrant bush is alive with the wings and chirps of greedy blackbirds gorging themselves.
gluttonous, ravenous, voracious, intemperate, self-indulgent, insatiable, wolfish
informal piggish, piggy


Old English grǣdig, of Germanic origin.



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  • They are already greedily casting their eyes on more private property they can condemn so as to expand the tax base.
  • The hawk swung down to ground level, flew in a strong beat and glide rhythm, and then swooped up to land on her fist, beak pulling greedily at the meat.
  • She fears the food she places into her mouth, yet she gobbles it up greedily.


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  • The details suggested a mean streak, an exploitive nature, a sloppy greediness, none of which seemed especially pleasant, let alone presidential.
  • This traditional bad habit of greediness must stop now!
  • Who hasn't taken solace in some form of greediness, self-assertion, or just plain carelessness?

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