greedy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj greedy wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume "don't be greedy with the cookies"
    • adj greedy 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"
    • adj greedy (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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
    • Greedy Having a keen desire for anything; vehemently desirous; eager to obtain; avaricious; as, greedy of gain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • greedy Having an inordinate desire for food or drink; ravenous; voracious; very hungry.
    • greedy Synonyms Insatiate, insatiable, rapacious, gluttonous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Greedy grēd′i having a voracious appetite: covetous: eagerly desirous
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    W.%20S.%20Gilbert
    “Down went the owners -- greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.”
  • Ivan F. Boesky
    Ivan F. Boesky
    “Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”
  • Donald Trump
    Donald%20Trump
    “The point is that you can't be too greedy.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    Niccolo%20Machiavelli
    “Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.”
  • Maya Angelou
    Maya%20Angelou
    “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gredi, AS. grǣdig, grēdig,; akin to D. gretig, OS. grādag, OHG. grātag, Dan. graadig, OSw. gradig, grådig, Icel. grāðugr, Goth. grēdags, greedy, grēdēn, to be hungry; cf. Skr. gṛdh, to be greedy. Cf. Greed.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grǽdig; Dut. gretig.

Usage

In literature:

Greediness should not be indulged in.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Don't be too greedy.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
For one thing they were inclined to be greedy and covetous.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
It is a mercy she did not marry some greedy foreigner while she was under age.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
The greediness of this strong, enslaving creature had absorbed all of the mother's life.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The greedy little eyes of Culvera fastened on the boy.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
And any refusal always made her greedy and obstinate.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
All the time she had in mind his heartlessness and greediness over the presents.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
As for declining to eat it, envy could never go so far as that in the country of the Greedy.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Naturally that was an awful state of affairs for a greedy Wolf.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
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In poetry:

Praise him, old Monuments of Time;
O praise him in your Youthful Prime:
Praise him fair Idols of our greedy Sense;
Exalt his Name, sweet Age of Innocence.
"A Paraphrase On The CXLVIIIth Psalm" by Wentworth Dillon
And I do like the foam on the shore,
When it again is whitening in mire,
And, greedy, I am hiding here a store
Of hazy days, while skies are full of fire.
"Harmony" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Ah yes, Time flies because we fain would fly,
It is such ardent souls as you and I,
Greedy of living, give his wings to him—
And now we grumble that he uses them!
"Time Flies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Better than eagle, with far-towering nerve
But downward bent, greedy, marauding eye,
Guest of the flowers, thou art: unhurt they serve
Thee, little angel of a lower sky!
"A Better Thing" by George MacDonald
The GOATHERD, fourscore years had seen,
And he was sick and needy;
The BARON wore a SWORD OF GOLD,
Which Poverty might well behold,
With eyes, wide stretch'd, and greedy!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
THE loss was doubtless great in ev'ry view
Around the town the wicked Gulphar flew;
In all the streets, at every house to tell,
How nicely he had trick'd the greedy belle.
"The Avaricious Wife And Tricking Gallant" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Keep Price Ego in Check Don't Get Greedy When Marketing Corn, Soybeans.
Dan Goldstein gets to play greedy developer as his renovations drive off neighbor.
Market's Dead Cat Bounce Fooling The Short Term Greedy.
You may blame high gas prices on rich oil company executives or greedy gas station owners.
Must you greedy retailers and consumers have the precious things you want for Christmas on a holiday.
On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations.".
After Brown deal, Texans should get greedy .
Patty Mills isn't greedy about minutes with Spurs.
Greedy customers abuse $5 off $5 Toys R Us/Babies R Us Coupon.
'Unfair' to call players greedy .
Is Warner Bros Just Getting Greedy .
With only $1.25 million separating the two parties, are the Saints being cheap or is Brees being greedy .
Greedy rich in politics not all Republicans.
Charter foes are greedy .
It's the sort of stuff that turns even sophisticated adults into greedy kids.
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In science:

To do so, we compare this model with a continuous analogue of the greedy lattice paths model and transpose results in the lattice setting to the continuous setting.
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
First-passage percolation, greedy paths, boolean percolation, random growth.
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
To establish the sufficient condition (1), we introduce and study a continuous analogue to the greedy lattice paths model introduced by Cox, Gandolfi, Griffin and Kesten in .
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
Those results mimic similar ones in the discrete setting. A comparison between Deijfen’s model and those continuous greedy paths then enables us to conclude.
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
Note that the gap between (1) and (2) comes directly from a similar gap for the continuous lattice paths model, gap which is itself similar to the one existing for the greedy lattice paths model.
Continuous first-passage percolation and continuous greedy paths model: linear growth
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