Definition of thirsty in English:

thirsty

adjective

  • 1Feeling a need to drink:

    ‘the Guides were hot and thirsty’
    • ‘I had not realized how thirsty I was until he gave me that.’
    • ‘Do not wait till you feel thirsty to drink water because by then you'd already be low in fluids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was not really tired, just a little thirsty.’
    • ‘Even though my lunch had been a drink I was still thirsty.’
    • ‘For instance, drinking when thirsty gives a kinetic pleasure; the pleasure is in the process of quenching thirst.’
    • ‘I wander back to my room, still bored and now a bit thirsty.’
    • ‘I found it made me incredibly thirsty and ended up drinking buckets of water.’
    • ‘Since carbohydrates require water to make new muscle glycogen, many people assume that they have to drink like a thirsty camel to make glycogen.’
    • ‘Lately I've been really thirsty and I can't seem to quench it.’
    • ‘I was very thirsty, a sign I'm about to faint.’
    • ‘Allie accepted the gift gratefully, realizing now how thirsty she really was.’
    • ‘Such patients will often benefit from being given ‘permission’ by their physician to just drink when they are thirsty.’
    • ‘Becoming extremely thirsty, he left halfway through the period to search out a soda machine.’
    • ‘She drew greedily on the straw, only then realizing just how thirsty she was.’
    • ‘She was as good as could be except she was a little achy and extremely thirsty.’
    • ‘By sunset I am so thirsty that I could actually drink sea water.’
    • ‘I wasn't thirsty, but I drank a couple of mugfuls which went straight through me.’
    • ‘However, remembering to eat when you are hungry, and drink when thirsty is essential.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘If the rain patchy you might still need to water your really thirsty plants but definitely leave the lavender alone.’
      • ‘It was pleasant, even if the paint was beginning to flake at the edges and the plants seemed dry and thirsty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over time, the saved water percolated upward through capillary action toward plants' thirsty roots.’
      • ‘It falls on the dry earth, on the thirsty plants, on our thirsty skin, and we come back to life.’
      • ‘Every inch of thirsty land was soaked by the precious rain, the crops were saved and so was people's livestock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The early rotary engines were well known for being thirsty and wearing out the seals on the rotary piston.’
      • ‘Hostas are very thirsty plants, and get even thirstier in containers.’
      • ‘And, presumably, everyone knows that you don't plant thirsty trees too close to your house because it might cause the foundations to sink.’
      • ‘They have highly invasive root systems, and are very thirsty trees.’
      • ‘The price of such impressive performance, however, is a very thirsty engine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ian takes a look at cotton - a crop that's as thirsty as it can be lucrative.’
      • ‘This is exactly the kind of model dealers will be looking to get rid of, with its relatively thirsty petrol engine, and auto box.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Symons stresses that no eucalyptus trees are planted as they drain the soil of water, being very thirsty trees.’
      • ‘The dry half of the year may not suit some thirsty plants.’
      • ‘Rotary engines have a reputation for being thirsty, dirty and difficult to maintain.’
      • ‘It is powerful, unsurprisingly so given the size of that thirsty engine, handles reasonably well and does so in comfort.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was a thirsty but high value crop, which only required about a third of the farm area to be used.’
      • ‘It's perfect country for cotton, except it doesn't rain much here, these rivers rarely flow and cotton is a very thirsty crop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tracked or wheeled, land platforms are thirsty machines.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘The business of building an second media empire from scratch is thirsty work.’
      • ‘What they don't mention is that studying the Talmud is thirsty work.’
      • ‘Well, generating all that hot air is thirsty work, and the weekend's here!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All of this singing, playing and dancing is thirsty work and, at midnight, proceedings cease for the traditional cup of tea.’
      • ‘Watching the action, even if it is on a giant screen, makes for thirsty work.’
      • ‘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's thirsty work being outside in the cold, dry Antarctic environment, so in the evenings the Davis Station bar is packed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was hard, long and thirsty work but we eventually came up with a short but, we feel, worthy list.’
      • ‘All this was hot and thirsty work which meant the haytimers needed plenty to eat and drink.’
      • ‘The choir went straight to the bar as soon as we arrived (well singing is very thirsty work) while the other guests sipped coffee.’
      • ‘Charcoal making was probably thirsty work: little streams run down the woods from springs and seepages.’
      • ‘Running about is thirsty work, so always take a bottle of water with you when you go out.’
  • 2Having or showing a strong desire for something:

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

thirsty

/ˈθəːsti/