Definition of voracious in US English:



  • 1Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.

    ‘he had a voracious appetite’
    • ‘Working day and night, I had a voracious appetite, perhaps a psychological reaction to the pressure.’
    • ‘The combination of brisk weather and glacier hikes can stir a voracious appetite, and Argentina is a country of culinary delights.’
    • ‘So voracious is China's appetite for turtle that it has all but eradicated its own turtle population before turning to the export market.’
    • ‘Hedgehogs have a voracious appetite for the birds' eggs.’
    • ‘There will never be another Pavarotti, he believes, never again that combination of angelic face, voracious appetite and a voice to die for.’
    • ‘With their voracious appetite for stored cereals and nuts, the red flour beetle and its kin cause millions of dollars of damage annually.’
    • ‘One more tragedy caused by the voracious appetites of men determined to consume all the diminishing resources of fish left in the seas.’
    • ‘The method helps the cuckoo chick secure the food supply it needs to satisfy its voracious appetite.’
    • ‘His voracious appetite forces my wife to get up at all times of the night to feed him.’
    • ‘Harnessing the voracious appetites of microorganisms could potentially provide an economical route to remediate contaminated soils.’
    • ‘I was a little disturbed that he had a voracious appetite for potato chips and would leave the empty wrappers all over the floor.’
    • ‘Because of their voracious appetites, bats function as extremely effective and pesticide-free pest control.’
    • ‘As a three-year-old with a voracious appetite, he can easily down 15 mint brownies in one sitting.’
    • ‘Rearing enough host insects to satisfy the predators' voracious appetites, after all, doesn't come cheap.’
    • ‘Moles have a voracious appetite and can eat 70-100 percent of their weight daily.’
    • ‘Now steroids are used all the time in medicine, and they are very useful, but they give you the most voracious appetite.’
    • ‘The titbits his own hunting skill provided were insignificant when set against his voracious appetite, and it was the duty of his parents to make up the difference.’
    • ‘Apart from their voracious appetite for native species, another worry is that they will burrow into riverbanks, adding to the problem of erosion.’
    insatiable, unquenchable, unappeasable, prodigious, uncontrollable, uncontrolled, omnivorous, compulsive, gluttonous, greedy, rapacious
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    1. 1.1 Having a very eager approach to an activity.
      ‘his voracious reading of literature’
      • ‘In the months leading up to moving to Bulgaria, I became a voracious reader of every item on the news agency wires referring to the country.’
      • ‘A voracious reader, he is already into reading Tamil books, magazines and newspapers.’
      • ‘Clearly, the choreographer's wit and voracious appetite for movement continue to serve her well.’
      • ‘Its voracious appetite for materials is driving up not only commodity prices but ocean shipping rates as well.’
      • ‘I also adore sleeping, and babies don't seem to have the same voracious appetite for sleep I do.’
      • ‘This situation is particularly unhappy because I am and always have been a voracious reader, getting through an average of two or more books a week.’
      • ‘There has, in my opinion, never been an advertising medium with as voracious an appetite for new images and ideas as the internet.’
      • ‘Mostly, though, she collected books: not as a rare book collector, but rather as the voracious reader she was.’
      • ‘He was a conservationist, a wry observer of human behaviour, a voracious reader, a great storyteller, a fearless reviewer.’
      • ‘He has a voracious appetite for film study, takes detailed notes in meetings and does plenty of technique work on his own.’
      • ‘I am enormously impressed by the warm welcome you gave me, and by all your questions and your voracious enthusiasm.’
      • ‘He has passion for movies and a voracious appetite for the genre.’
      • ‘As predicted, we got enough judo on Japanese television to sate all but the most voracious appetites.’
      • ‘Patients chosen for this group were all voracious readers and enjoyed reading either science fiction or fantasy novels.’
      • ‘It seem entirely fitting that his own voracious academic and literary activity should be rooted in a city that takes such an obvious pleasure in all that the mind and body can absorb.’
      • ‘This was my first movie back at work, and I had such a voracious appetite for acting.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin vorax, vorac- (from vorare ‘devour’) + -ious.