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From Middle English ravenous, ravynous, from Old French ravineus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹævənəs/
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ravenous (comparative more ravenous, superlative most ravenous)

  1. Very hungry.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it.
  2. Grasping; characterized by strong desires.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. IX, Working Aristocracy
      Supply-and-demand? One begins to be weary of such work. Leave all to egoism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause: — it is the Gospel of Despair!
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      Mrs. Michael turned out to be a ravenous, fast-fading woman in a slashed skirt and a low blouse over an unappetising chest. While her husband did things in his shed, where he appeared to live, Pym inexpertly mixed the Yorkshire pudding and fought off her embraces...


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