What does greedy mean?

Definitions for greedy
ˈgri digreedy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word greedy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. avaricious, covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensileadjective

    immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

    "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"

  2. avid, devouring(a), esurient, greedyadjective

    (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous

    "avid for adventure"; "an avid ambition to succeed"; "fierce devouring affection"; "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"; "greedy for fame"

  3. greedyadjective

    wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume

    "don't be greedy with the cookies"


  1. greedyadjective

    Having greed; consumed by selfish desires.

  2. greedyadjective

    Prone to overeat.

  3. Etymology: From gredy, from grædig, from grēdagaz, from grēdaz, from gʰAr(e)dʰ-, equivalent to. Cognate with gradag, gratag, grådig (from gráðigr, gráði), 0332034203340333033003320343. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian ngordh.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GREEDYadjective

    Etymology: gædig, Sax. graadig, Dan. gretig, Dutch.

    As a lion that is greedy of his prey. Ps. xvii. 12.

    Be not unsatiable in any dainty thing, nor too greedy upon meats. Ecclus. xxxvii. 29.

    He made the greedy ravens to be Elias’s caterers, and bring him food. Charles I .

    Greedy to know, as is the mind of man,
    Their cause of death, swift to the fire she ran. Edward Fairfax.

    The ways of every one that is greedy of gain. Prov.

    Stern look’d the fiend, as frustrate of his will,
    Not half suffic’d, and greedy yet to kill. Dryden.

    While the reaper fills his greedy hands,
    And binds the golden sheaves in brittle bands. John Dryden, Virg.


  1. Greedy

    Greedy is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. The track appears on Dangerous Woman (2016), her third studio album. The song was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and Ilya Salmanzadeh (known mononymously as Ilya), and produced by Martin and Ilya. The song was released on May 14, 2016, as an instant gratification track to accompany digital pre-orders of Dangerous Woman. Grande debuted "Greedy" on Apple Music the day after "Everyday".


  1. greedy

    Greedy refers to an excessive desire or want for more than what is needed or deserved, particularly pertaining to wealth, possessions, food, or other material goods. This behavior is typically driven by selfishness and lack of consideration for others. In computational context, "greedy" relates to an algorithmic strategy that makes the most optimal choice at each stage in hope of finding the best overall solution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greedy

    having a keen appetite for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry; -- followed by of; as, a lion that is greedy of his prey

  2. Greedy

    having a keen desire for anything; vehemently desirous; eager to obtain; avaricious; as, greedy of gain

  3. Etymology: [OE. gredi, AS. grdig, grdig; akin to D. gretig, OS. grdag, OHG. grtag, Dan. graadig, OSw. gradig, grdig, Icel. grugr, Goth. grdags greedy, grdn to be hungry; cf. Skr. gdh to be greedy. Cf. Greed.]


  1. Greedy

    Greedy is a 1994 comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn and written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The film starred Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, and Nancy Travis, with Phil Hartman, Ed Begley, Jr., Olivia d'Abo, Colleen Camp, and Bob Balaban appearing in supporting roles. The original music score was composed by Randy Edelman.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Greedy

    grēd′i, adj. having a voracious appetite: covetous: eagerly desirous.—n. Greed, an eager desire or longing: covetousness.—adv. Greed′ily.—n. Greed′iness. [A.S. grǽdig; Dut. gretig.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Greedy is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Greedy surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Greedy.

    92.2% or 119 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of greedy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of greedy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of greedy in a Sentence

  1. Kerry Brown:

    The problem is that the UK can't be seen as being too greedy and mercenary. It's going from one extreme to another.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Stock market exchange sees that greedy ordinary people are getting inside seeing 40-85% downfall of share price and therefore SENSEX and NIFTY will not rise for sure. Many stock price was artificially balooned by their corrupt management and even at current level it is very high and may even further go down 40% low

  3. Jean Twenge:

    Narcissism is absolutely toxic to society, when faced with common resources, narcissists take more for themselves and leave less for others. They tend to be greedy and take too many risks. They feel entitled, don't think about consequences and assume that everything will turn out great.

  4. David Gallo:

    Ive been called a greedy treasure hunter, a grave robber, i find these charges to be personally insulting.

  5. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert:

    Down went the owners -- greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.

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