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glutton +‎ -ous


gluttonous (comparative more gluttonous, superlative most gluttonous)

  1. Given to excessive eating; prone to overeating.
  2. Greedy.


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  • 1607William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens iii 4
    Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,
    And take down the interest into their gluttonous maws.
  • 1611KJV, Matthew 11:19
    Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.
  • 1854Henry David Thoreau, Walden
    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.
  • 1891Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Book xvii
    Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
  • 1914Robert W. Service, The Call
    Look your last on your dearest ones,
    Brothers and husbands, fathers, sons:
    Swift they go to the ravenous guns,
    The gluttonous guns of War.
  • 1929H.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.

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