Definition of greedy in US English:

greedy

adjective

  • 1Having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power.

    ‘greedy thieves who plundered a defense contractor’
    • ‘Players are becoming greedy for money and attention and they don't seem to care about forming a great team.’
    • ‘Thus, banks became greedy, taking on huge risks in hopes of even bigger rewards.’
    • ‘Property developers are greedy and want to build as many houses as they can and make a lot of money without thinking of the consequences.’
    • ‘He said, as a nation people had become so greedy that they had lost their love of the environment and failed to protect it.’
    • ‘It shows moreover that most ordinary people are not innately selfish and greedy.’
    • ‘In fact our rulers are greedy for even more to go into their pockets at our expense.’
    • ‘When he goes home he visits schools and orphanages; hardly the actions of a greedy and selfish man.’
    • ‘It is being greedy because it is taking the wealth off the people who created it.’
    • ‘Invest in what you know or understand and don't be too greedy.’
    • ‘It isn't hard to look around and see examples of greedy people, people who love money.’
    • ‘She was greedy for power, and didn't let morals get in the way of her pursuit of it.’
    • ‘Therefore many greedy landlords do not do repairs, unless forced to.’
    • ‘The present system is teaching our children to be greedy for personal glory.’
    • ‘The trick is probably not to be too greedy.’
    • ‘They are sometimes pugilistic, invariably dominant, and often greedy for power.’
    • ‘People calling us greedy have no idea what has been involved - we work very hard for our living.’
    • ‘Anthony had been the one who was greedy for his family's wealth wanting to use it for his own ends.’
    • ‘You have to accept that human beings are essentially greedy, and motivated by the pursuit of wealth.’
    • ‘The other view, of course, is of the angry worker, portrayed as greedy and selfish during strikes.’
    • ‘Some of the companies are still being run as greedy, petty fiefdoms.’
    avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, rapacious, grasping, venal, cupidinous, materialistic, mercenary, predatory, usurious, possessive
    eager, avid, hungry, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, thirsty, pining, enthusiastic, impatient, anxious
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    1. 1.1 Having an excessive desire or appetite for food.
      • ‘I know these creatures are noisy, greedy, messy and will take the ice cream cone right out of your hand but I still love them.’
      • ‘Franklin had a great time - laughing his head off at all the greedy birds arguing over his cheerios.’
      • ‘Dennis groped his greedy hands over the box of food that Adrian had kept so securely beside him.’
      • ‘My Cat is really greedy and ate a dish of hot curry I had left on the counter.’
      • ‘It's partly the result, he says, of our endless greedy appetite for the good things of life.’
      • ‘Living and moving as part of a much larger flock, starlings can also be notoriously greedy birds which is a reason why they are often not as popular with bird lovers over other species as they tend to swoop for food as a flock and leave next to nothing for other birds.’
      • ‘This should theoretically keep the squirrel from being able to climb the pole, although especially greedy squirrels have been known to get past them.’
      • ‘The youngest of the elves is very greedy.’
      • ‘"I'm never going to be a greedy pig again Sam, I promise."’
      • ‘Doctors know that the vast majority of fat people are the way they are because of their sustained greedy eating habits.’
      • ‘"I made two bowls, because I know you guys are so greedy."’
      • ‘"She is a very greedy dog and will eat anything given the chance."’
      • ‘The blackcurrant bush is alive with the wings and chirps of greedy blackbirds gorging themselves.’
      • ‘Squirrels, badgers, dormice, and larger animals such as deer are greedy for it.’
      • ‘The dog is very greedy and is eating all of his food!’
      gluttonous, ravenous, ravening, voracious, gourmandizing, gourmand, intemperate, self-indulgent, insatiable, insatiate, wolfish, gannet-like
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Origin

Old English grǣdig, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

greedy

/ˈɡrēdē//ˈɡridi/