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From Middle English thirsti, from Old English þurstiġ, from Proto-Germanic *þurstugaz. Equivalent to thirst +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch dorstig, German durstig.


  • enPR: thûrst′ē, IPA(key): /ˈθɜː(ɹ)st.i/
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    Rhymes: -ɜː(r)sti


thirsty (comparative thirstier, superlative thirstiest)

  1. Needing to drink.
    After all that work I am really thirsty.
  2. Causing thirst; giving one a need to drink (informal).
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula:
      I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty.
    • 2004, Charlotte Williamson, Vehicle maintenance for women, →ISBN:
      Invest in a water bottle: cycling can be thirsty work.
  3. (figuratively) Craving something.
    I am thirsty for knowledge.
    After the president left office, the nation was thirsty for change.
  4. (slang, figuratively) Desiring sex.
    This is the third time that girl brought up her crush. She must really be thirsty for her.


  • (needing to drink, craving something): athirst (archaic)
  • (needing to drink): parched
  • (desiring sex): horny

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