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1Having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power.‘greedy thieves who plundered a defense contractor’
avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, rapacious, grasping, venal, cupidinous, materialistic, mercenary, predatory, usurious, possessiveeager, avid, hungry, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, thirsty, pining, enthusiastic, impatient, anxiousView synonyms
- ‘Thus, banks became greedy, taking on huge risks in hopes of even bigger rewards.’
- ‘People calling us greedy have no idea what has been involved - we work very hard for our living.’
- ‘Players are becoming greedy for money and attention and they don't seem to care about forming a great team.’
- ‘Some of the companies are still being run as greedy, petty fiefdoms.’
- ‘When he goes home he visits schools and orphanages; hardly the actions of a greedy and selfish man.’
- ‘She was greedy for power, and didn't let morals get in the way of her pursuit of it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In fact our rulers are greedy for even more to go into their pockets at our expense.’
- ‘He said, as a nation people had become so greedy that they had lost their love of the environment and failed to protect it.’
- ‘Invest in what you know or understand and don't be too greedy.’
- ‘The other view, of course, is of the angry worker, portrayed as greedy and selfish during strikes.’
- ‘The trick is probably not to be too greedy.’
- ‘You have to accept that human beings are essentially greedy, and motivated by the pursuit of wealth.’
- ‘It isn't hard to look around and see examples of greedy people, people who love money.’
- ‘Therefore many greedy landlords do not do repairs, unless forced to.’
- ‘It shows moreover that most ordinary people are not innately selfish and greedy.’
- ‘It is being greedy because it is taking the wealth off the people who created it.’
- ‘They are sometimes pugilistic, invariably dominant, and often greedy for power.’
- ‘Anthony had been the one who was greedy for his family's wealth wanting to use it for his own ends.’
- ‘The present system is teaching our children to be greedy for personal glory.’
- 1.1 Having an excessive desire or appetite for food.
gluttonous, ravenous, ravening, voracious, gourmandizing, gourmand, intemperate, self-indulgent, insatiable, insatiate, wolfish, gannet-likeView synonyms
- ‘Squirrels, badgers, dormice, and larger animals such as deer are greedy for it.’
- ‘The youngest of the elves is very greedy.’
- ‘My Cat is really greedy and ate a dish of hot curry I had left on the counter.’
- ‘"She is a very greedy dog and will eat anything given the chance."’
- ‘It's partly the result, he says, of our endless greedy appetite for the good things of life.’
- ‘The blackcurrant bush is alive with the wings and chirps of greedy blackbirds gorging themselves.’
- ‘"I'm never going to be a greedy pig again Sam, I promise."’
- ‘"I made two bowls, because I know you guys are so greedy."’
- ‘Doctors know that the vast majority of fat people are the way they are because of their sustained greedy eating habits.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The dog is very greedy and is eating all of his food!’
- ‘Dennis groped his greedy hands over the box of food that Adrian had kept so securely beside him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Franklin had a great time - laughing his head off at all the greedy birds arguing over his cheerios.’
- ‘This should theoretically keep the squirrel from being able to climb the pole, although especially greedy squirrels have been known to get past them.’
Old English grǣdig, of Germanic origin.
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