Greedy meaning

grēdē
Having too strong a desire for food and drink; gluttonous; voracious.
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Wanting or taking all that one can get, with no thought of others' needs; desiring more than one needs or deserves; avaricious; covetous.
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The definition of greedy is someone who wants more of something than he is entitled to or the behavior of wanting more than you are entitled to.

An example of greedy is when you gobble up 10 of the 12 cookies before the other five people at the party have a chance to get any.

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Having greed; consumed by selfish desires.
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Having or showing a desire to eat or drink in large or excessive amounts.
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Having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.
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Extremely eager or desirous for an activity or pursuit.

Greedy for the opportunity to prove their ability.

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Intensely eager.
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Prone to overeat.
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(computing) Tending to match as much text as possible.

This regular expression performs a greedy match.

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Origin of greedy

  • Middle English gredi from Old English grǣdig gher-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdiġ (“greedy, hungry, eager”), from Proto-Germanic *grēdagaz (“hungry”), from Proto-Germanic *grēdaz, *grēduz, *grēdô (“hunger”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰAr(e)dʰ-, *gʰrēdʰ- (“to be hungry, long for”), equivalent to greed +‎ -y. Cognate with Old Saxon grādag ("gladly, willingly" compare Dutch graag), Old High German grātag (“greedy”), Danish grådig (“greedy”) (from Old Norse gráðigr (“greedy”), gráði (“greed, hunger”)), Gothic (grēdags, “hungry”). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian ngordh (“to crave for, starve, die”).

    From Wiktionary