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.
Greedy for the opportunity to prove their ability.
This regular expression performs a greedy match.
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”).