voracious

adjective /vɔːˈreɪ.ʃəs,vəˈreɪ.ʃəs/
a) Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.

I never had so much as . . . one wish to God to direct me whither I should go, or to keep me from the danger which apparently surrounded me, as well from voracious creatures as cruel savages.

b) Having a great appetite for anything (e.g., a voracious reader).

The old man was up, betimes, next morning, and waited impatiently for the appearance of his new associate, who after a delay that seemed interminable, at length presented himself, and commenced a voracious assault on the breakfast.


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  • voracious — voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, ravening, rapacious can all mean excessively greedy and can all apply to persons, their appetites and reactions, or their behavior. Voracious implies habitual gorging with food or drink, or with whatever satisfies …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Voracious — Vo*ra cious, a. [L. vorax, acis, fr. vorare to devour; akin to Gr. ? meat, food, ? to devour, Skr. gar. Cf. {Devour}.] Greedy in eating; very hungry; eager to devour or swallow; ravenous; gluttonous; edacious; rapacious; as, a voracious man or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voracious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) wanting or devouring great quantities of food. 2) eagerly consuming something: his voracious reading of literature. DERIVATIVES voraciously adverb voracity noun. ORIGIN from Latin vorax, from vorare devour …   English terms dictionary

  • voracious — [vô rā′shəs, vərā′shəs] adj. [L vorax (gen. voracis), greedy to devour < vorare, to devour < IE base * gwer , to devour, GORGE > Gr bora, food (of carnivorous beasts), L gurges, gorge] 1. greedy in eating; devouring or eager to devour… …   English World dictionary

  • voracious — index eager, gluttonous, predatory, rapacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • voracious — 1630s, formed as an adjectival form of VORACITY (Cf. voracity) …   Etymology dictionary

  • voracious — [adj] very hungry, greedy avid, covetous, devouring, dog hungry*, edacious, empty, gluttonous, gorging, grasping, gross, insatiable, omnivorous, piggy*, prodigious, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, sating, starved, starved to death*, starving,… …   New thesaurus

  • voracious — adjective Etymology: Latin vorac , vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour Date: 1635 1. having a huge appetite ; ravenous 2. excessively eager ; insatiable < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • voracious — vo|ra|cious [vəˈreıʃəs, vɔ US vo: , və ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: vorax, from vorare; DEVOUR] 1.) eating or wanting large quantities of food ▪ Pigs are voracious feeders. ▪ Kids can have voracious appetites . 2.) having an extremely …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • voracious — vo|ra|cious [ və reıʃəs ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) a voracious person or animal eats a large amount of food 2. ) very eager to learn or to do something: a voracious appetite for something: She has always had a voracious appetite for reading. 3. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • voracious — adjective 1 eating or wanting large quantities of food: Pigs are voracious feeders. | a voracious appetite: Kids can have voracious appetites. 2 extremely eager to read books, gain knowledge etc: a voracious reader voraciously adverb… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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