athirst

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Etymology[edit]

Old English ofþyrst.

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athirst (comparative more athirst, superlative most athirst)

  1. (archaic) Thirsty.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.
    • Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
      To this extenuated spectre, perhaps, a crumb is not thrown once a year, but when ahungered and athirst to famine—when all humanity has forgotten the dying tenant of a decaying house—Divine Mercy remembers the mourner []
  2. (figuratively) Eager or extremely desirous (for something).

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