What does greedy mean?

Definitions for greedy
ˈgri digreedy

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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.

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. Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

    The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach-waiting for a gift from the sea.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    People had seen how CHIT FUND turned out to be a scam and fraud and how the same was promoted by greedy bollywood celebrities and cricketers for money purpose. Now the same CHIT FUND seems to have taken a new avtaar of MUTUAL FUND n SIP

  3. Charles Carroll:

    This all could have been avoided with better communication and better training for all involved, let’s face it, if you offer someone a new ticket and a little more than $800, you’ll have more people jumping off. United never expected something like this but because they were being greedy and put crewmembers above the customer, common sense flew out the window.

  4. Red Skelton:

    I personably believe that as long as we have the tree of the Christ Child in our living room and a wreath on the door and as long as men can kneel down and pray to God that there’ll be less men on their knees shooting guns in foxholes. Remember it’s the birthday of the Christ Child and not a holiday for the greedy and with this in mind, may I say Merry Christmas to you all and God bless you.”

  5. Maya Angelou:

    There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

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    a feeling facetious merriment
    • A. brashness
    • B. jocularity
    • C. subrogation
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