English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
+ glutton -ous
Adjective [ edit ]
gluttonous ( comparative , more gluttonous superlative ) most gluttonous
excessive eating; prone to overeating.
Quotations [ edit ]
ME « 15th c.
1607 — William Shakespeare,
Timon of Athens iii 4
Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,
And take down the interest into their gluttonous maws.
1611 — KJV,
Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.
1854 — Henry David Thoreau,
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.
1891 — Walt Whitman,
Leaves of Grass Book xvii
Do the feasters
1914 — Robert W. Service,
Look your last on your dearest ones,
Brothers and husbands, fathers, sons:
Swift they go to the ravenous guns,
The gluttonous guns of War.
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.
Translations [ edit ]
given to excessive eating; prone to overeating
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