Definition of thirsty in English:

thirsty

adjective

  • 1Feeling a need to drink.

    ‘the Guides were hot and thirsty’
    • ‘I wasn't thirsty, but I drank a couple of mugfuls which went straight through me.’
    • ‘Allie accepted the gift gratefully, realizing now how thirsty she really was.’
    • ‘She drew greedily on the straw, only then realizing just how thirsty she was.’
    • ‘He was not really tired, just a little thirsty.’
    • ‘Lately I've been really thirsty and I can't seem to quench it.’
    • ‘It was a recent Friday in July and I was on my way to the store to get something to drink because I was thirsty.’
    • ‘For instance, drinking when thirsty gives a kinetic pleasure; the pleasure is in the process of quenching thirst.’
    • ‘Since carbohydrates require water to make new muscle glycogen, many people assume that they have to drink like a thirsty camel to make glycogen.’
    • ‘I had not realized how thirsty I was until he gave me that.’
    • ‘Such patients will often benefit from being given ‘permission’ by their physician to just drink when they are thirsty.’
    • ‘By sunset I am so thirsty that I could actually drink sea water.’
    • ‘Becoming extremely thirsty, he left halfway through the period to search out a soda machine.’
    • ‘I heard once, from a bloke in an extremely loud bar, that the reason these places turn up the music is because it gets your adrenalin going, and that makes you thirsty and so you drink more.’
    • ‘Even though my lunch had been a drink I was still thirsty.’
    • ‘She was as good as could be except she was a little achy and extremely thirsty.’
    • ‘I found it made me incredibly thirsty and ended up drinking buckets of water.’
    • ‘I wander back to my room, still bored and now a bit thirsty.’
    • ‘I was very thirsty, a sign I'm about to faint.’
    • ‘However, remembering to eat when you are hungry, and drink when thirsty is essential.’
    • ‘Do not wait till you feel thirsty to drink water because by then you'd already be low in fluids.’
    longing for a drink, in need of a drink, dry, dehydrated
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    1. 1.1 (of land or plants) in need of water; dry or parched.
      ‘the earth was dry and thirsty’
      ‘encouragement is as water to a thirsty plant’
      • ‘It left a small wet spot, and the fabric soaked up the salty moisture like thirsty crops after a drought taking in a welcome rain.’
      • ‘To reach every thirsty plant, water needs to flow through these hoses, called drip tape, at the correct pressure.’
      • ‘Cool breezes bring instant relief as the thirsty land absorbs the falling rain.’
      • ‘Every inch of thirsty land was soaked by the precious rain, the crops were saved and so was people's livestock.’
      • ‘It falls on the dry earth, on the thirsty plants, on our thirsty skin, and we come back to life.’
      • ‘It was pleasant, even if the paint was beginning to flake at the edges and the plants seemed dry and thirsty.’
      • ‘Herds of zebras and giraffes search for water on a thirsty continent.’
      • ‘The path broadened until we could stride out, dropping down into Portela and the thirsty lowlands, our heads and shoulders still pearled with mountain water.’
      • ‘Over time, the saved water percolated upward through capillary action toward plants' thirsty roots.’
      • ‘If the rain patchy you might still need to water your really thirsty plants but definitely leave the lavender alone.’
      dry, arid, dried out, dried up, as dry as a bone, parched, baked, desiccated, waterless, moistureless
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    2. 1.2 (of an engine, plant, or crop) consuming a lot of fuel or water.
      ‘a huge thirsty 5.3-litre engine’
      ‘farmers still grow thirsty crops like rice and alfalfa’
      • ‘Ian takes a look at cotton - a crop that's as thirsty as it can be lucrative.’
      • ‘Tracked or wheeled, land platforms are thirsty machines.’
      • ‘Symons stresses that no eucalyptus trees are planted as they drain the soil of water, being very thirsty trees.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that fall planters do not require as much water as thirsty summer container plants, whereas summer soils need to be lighter, yet able to hold moisture.’
      • ‘The dry half of the year may not suit some thirsty plants.’
      • ‘Hostas are very thirsty plants, and get even thirstier in containers.’
      • ‘The early rotary engines were well known for being thirsty and wearing out the seals on the rotary piston.’
      • ‘This is exactly the kind of model dealers will be looking to get rid of, with its relatively thirsty petrol engine, and auto box.’
      • ‘Rotary engines have a reputation for being thirsty, dirty and difficult to maintain.’
      • ‘And, presumably, everyone knows that you don't plant thirsty trees too close to your house because it might cause the foundations to sink.’
      • ‘The water debate is often limited to difficult arguments about agricultural irrigation in the Murray-Darling basin and the future of thirsty crops like cotton and rice.’
      • ‘They have highly invasive root systems, and are very thirsty trees.’
      • ‘It's perfect country for cotton, except it doesn't rain much here, these rivers rarely flow and cotton is a very thirsty crop.’
      • ‘The price of such impressive performance, however, is a very thirsty engine.’
      • ‘Sink plastic bottles next to thirsty plants such as squash and tomatoes - pour the water into the bottles and it should get straight to the plants' roots rather than draining away.’
      • ‘Thunder and lightning, therefore, could be viewed either as the voice of the vengeful prophet chasing demons or as the precursor of rain for thirsty crops.’
      • ‘It is powerful, unsurprisingly so given the size of that thirsty engine, handles reasonably well and does so in comfort.’
      • ‘Newly irrigated lands are often used to grow thirsty cash crops instead of traditional staples for direct consumption, leaving farming families at the mercy of the global market.’
      • ‘This was a thirsty but high value crop, which only required about a third of the farm area to be used.’
      • ‘They were however a bit thirsty as far as fuel was concerned due to their 4 giant 4125 kilowatt motors, and never reached production.’
    3. 1.3informal attributive (of activity, weather, or a time) causing thirst.
      ‘modelling is thirsty work’
      • ‘And after all the thirsty work of trawling the streets for entertainment or acquisitions you can always drop into one of the town's many pubs which really come into their own at this time of year.’
      • ‘Running about is thirsty work, so always take a bottle of water with you when you go out.’
      • ‘The walk along the beach from Newport to Balboa was thirsty work.’
      • ‘Boarding houses and bars were constructed for their accommodation and refreshment, for quarrying is thirsty work.’
      • ‘It was hard, long and thirsty work but we eventually came up with a short but, we feel, worthy list.’
      • ‘All of this singing, playing and dancing is thirsty work and, at midnight, proceedings cease for the traditional cup of tea.’
      • ‘Charcoal making was probably thirsty work: little streams run down the woods from springs and seepages.’
      • ‘Well, generating all that hot air is thirsty work, and the weekend's here!’
      • ‘It was thirsty work, and the queues for the bar were a dozen deep at half-time.’
      • ‘A hot day over a soldering copper is thirsty work, which the tinsmiths were able to remedy.’
      • ‘All this was hot and thirsty work which meant the haytimers needed plenty to eat and drink.’
      • ‘The business of building an second media empire from scratch is thirsty work.’
      • ‘Watching the action, even if it is on a giant screen, makes for thirsty work.’
      • ‘The choir went straight to the bar as soon as we arrived (well singing is very thirsty work) while the other guests sipped coffee.’
      • ‘It's thirsty work being outside in the cold, dry Antarctic environment, so in the evenings the Davis Station bar is packed.’
      • ‘What they don't mention is that studying the Talmud is thirsty work.’
      • ‘All this was hot and thirsty work and I remember a farmer in our parish who said he always gave his workers stout to drink as he believed it to be most refreshing.’
  • 2Having or showing a strong desire for something.

    ‘Joe was as thirsty for scandal as anyone else’
    • ‘The Scottish elite was still thirsty for images and acquired them through networks in Paris and Amsterdam.’
    • ‘The people were terribly thirsty for every bit of information they could get.’
    • ‘She listened with an eager ear, thirsty for knowledge of a life better than her own.’
    • ‘People want to own music, they are thirsty for it.’
    • ‘As evidenced at recent shows, wine-themed art has exploded in popularity and has collectors thirsty for more’
    • ‘All of us, at some time, have been poor in spirit or have been hungry and thirsty for righteousness.’
    • ‘If you're thirsty for a fresh new rock album, this is the one!’
    • ‘Wary of ideas, thirsty for direct experience of God, people are drawn to the movement's certainty, its irrepressible spirit, its joy.’
    • ‘I zipped through them in a matter of days, and found that I was thirsty for more young adult fiction.’
    • ‘Many adults, including your staff, will be thirsty for information.’
    • ‘Is the church really hungry and thirsty for Christ and his glory - or is it just paying lip service to the idea?’
    • ‘An enormous vacuum occurred 10 years ago when the Soviet Union crumbled, leaving millions of people thirsty for spiritual things.’
    • ‘The nation is thirsty for participatory democracy - this much, at least, is clear.’
    • ‘When he was elected people were so hungry and thirsty for change, he could have done anything.’
    • ‘This urgent need was that of an expired era thirsty for renewal; the Middle Ages anticipating the Renaissance and, perhaps, Modernity.’
    • ‘And when people see Christ in us, they become that much more hungry and thirsty for his kingdom in their hearts.’
    • ‘By 11 p.m. the dance floor is filled with young expatriates thirsty for a reminder of what they left behind.’
    • ‘People were thirsty for any link to the outside world.’
    • ‘The jaunty works, populated by animals, have a lot to say to an audience thirsty for fun and a dark subtext.’
    • ‘As someone thirsty for knowledge it's no surprise he is of a mind to pass it on.’
    eager, hungry, greedy, thirsting, consumed with desire, avid, craving, longing, yearning, lusting, burning, desirous, hankering, itching
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Pronunciation

thirsty

/ˈθəːsti/