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- Given to excessive eating; prone to overeating.
- c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iv]:
- Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,
And take down the interest into their gluttonous maws.
- 1854 August 9, Henry D[avid] Thoreau, “Higher Laws”, in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, →OCLC, page 231:
- ["]The voracious caterpillar when transformed into a butterfly," … "and the gluttonous maggot when become a fly," content themselves with a drop or two of honey or some other sweet liquid.
- 1892, Walt Whitman, “Birds of Passage: Pioneers! O Pioneers!”, in Leaves of Grass […], Philadelphia, Pa.: David McKay, publisher, […], →OCLC, page 185:
- Do the feasters gluttonous feast? / Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors? / Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground, / Pioneers! O pioneers!
- 1929, H.P. Lovecraft, Fungi from Yuggoth:
- One day the mail-man found no village there, / Nor were its folk or houses seen again; / People came out from Aylesbury to stare – / Yet they all told the mail-man it was plain / That he was mad for saying he had spied / The great hill's gluttonous eyes, and jaws stretched wide.
given to excessive eating; prone to overeating
greedy — see also greedy