greedy

greedy (adj.) O.E. grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from P.Gmc. *grædagaz (Cf. O.S. gradag "greedy," O.N. graðr "greed, hunger," Dan. graadig, Du. gretig, O.H.G. gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (Cf. Goth. gredus "hunger," O.E. grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (Cf. Skt. grdh "to be greedy").
In Greek, the word was philargyros, lit. "money-loving." A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."

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  • greedy — [grēd′ē] adj. greedier, greediest [ME gredie < OE grædig < base of græd (in grædum, eagerly) + ig (see Y2), akin to Goth grēdags, lit., hungry < IE base * ĝher , to crave > Gr charis, grace, favor] 1. wanting or taking all that one… …   English World dictionary

  • greedy — index exorbitant, gluttonous, illiberal, insatiable, jealous, mercenary, penurious, predatory, rapacious …   Law dictionary

  • greedy — *covetous, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious Analogous words: rapacious, ravening, ravenous, *voracious, gluttonous: *stingy, parsimonious, miserly, close, closefisted Contrasted words: bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, generous, *liberal,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • greedy — [adj] desiring excessively acquisitive, avaricious, avid, carnivorous, close, closefisted*, covetous, craving, desirous, devouring, eager, edacious, esurient, gluttonous, gobbling, gormandizing, grabby, grasping, grudging, gulping, guzzling,… …   New thesaurus

  • greedy — ► ADJECTIVE (greedier, greediest) ▪ having or showing greed. DERIVATIVES greedily adverb greediness noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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