Definition of voracious in US English:



  • 1Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.

    ‘he had a voracious appetite’
    • ‘As a three-year-old with a voracious appetite, he can easily down 15 mint brownies in one sitting.’
    • ‘So voracious is China's appetite for turtle that it has all but eradicated its own turtle population before turning to the export market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was a little disturbed that he had a voracious appetite for potato chips and would leave the empty wrappers all over the floor.’
    • ‘Hedgehogs have a voracious appetite for the birds' eggs.’
    • ‘Working day and night, I had a voracious appetite, perhaps a psychological reaction to the pressure.’
    • ‘His voracious appetite forces my wife to get up at all times of the night to feed him.’
    • ‘Now steroids are used all the time in medicine, and they are very useful, but they give you the most voracious appetite.’
    • ‘Rearing enough host insects to satisfy the predators' voracious appetites, after all, doesn't come cheap.’
    • ‘Apart from their voracious appetite for native species, another worry is that they will burrow into riverbanks, adding to the problem of erosion.’
    • ‘The combination of brisk weather and glacier hikes can stir a voracious appetite, and Argentina is a country of culinary delights.’
    • ‘Moles have a voracious appetite and can eat 70-100 percent of their weight daily.’
    • ‘Because of their voracious appetites, bats function as extremely effective and pesticide-free pest control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Harnessing the voracious appetites of microorganisms could potentially provide an economical route to remediate contaminated soils.’
    • ‘The method helps the cuckoo chick secure the food supply it needs to satisfy its voracious appetite.’
    • ‘There will never be another Pavarotti, he believes, never again that combination of angelic face, voracious appetite and a voice to die for.’
    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’
      • ‘He was a conservationist, a wry observer of human behaviour, a voracious reader, a great storyteller, a fearless reviewer.’
      • ‘I also adore sleeping, and babies don't seem to have the same voracious appetite for sleep I do.’
      • ‘He has passion for movies and a voracious appetite for the genre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As predicted, we got enough judo on Japanese television to sate all but the most voracious appetites.’
      • ‘Mostly, though, she collected books: not as a rare book collector, but rather as the voracious reader she was.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A voracious reader, he is already into reading Tamil books, magazines and newspapers.’
      • ‘This was my first movie back at work, and I had such a voracious appetite for acting.’
      • ‘He has a voracious appetite for film study, takes detailed notes in meetings and does plenty of technique work on his own.’
      • ‘Its voracious appetite for materials is driving up not only commodity prices but ocean shipping rates as well.’
      • ‘I am enormously impressed by the warm welcome you gave me, and by all your questions and your voracious enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Patients chosen for this group were all voracious readers and enjoyed reading either science fiction or fantasy novels.’
      • ‘Clearly, the choreographer's wit and voracious appetite for movement continue to serve her well.’
      • ‘There has, in my opinion, never been an advertising medium with as voracious an appetite for new images and ideas as the internet.’
      • ‘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.’


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