Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedy: avid for adventure.
  • adj. Marked by keen interest and enthusiasm: an avid sports fan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Longing eagerly for; eager; greedy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eager; greedy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by active interest and enthusiasm
  • adj. (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous

Etymologies

Latin avidus, from avēre, to desire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French avide, from Latin avidus ("eager, desirous; greedy"), from aveō ("wish, desire, long for, crave"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even George Washington was known as an avid fox hunter.

    More British Than Britain

  • Deputy minister Yaprak Baltacioglu was described as an avid cook and working with her will result in weight gain.

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  • For example, Bloomberg reports, Deputy Minister Yaprak Baltacioglu is described as an avid cook and working with her will result in weight gain.

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  • Let's take a look at some of these "avid" -- that's always the word, "avid," unless it's "voracious" -- book readers: "I go into another world when I read," said Charlotte Fuller, 64, a retired nurse from Seminole, Fla., who said she read 70 books in the last year.

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  • i can get both for the same price as a good laptop (and end up with better specs on the desktop) and get the best of both worlds. do i really need to edit video in avid or compile serious code while on the road? no.

    Is The Desktop PC Dead? | Lifehacker Australia

  • Market research done for booksellers has found that the number of so-called avid readers, those who buy more than 10 books a year, skews older and overwhelmingly female.

    Turning the Page

  • I truly believe that many of the polling locations will have "vote-gaiting," like tail-gaiting but without the grilling going on -- or in terms avid concert goers will understand, there should be a "lot scene."

    Jennifer Bogut: HERE'S MY TAKE #5: How Should Authorities Respond To Long Lines And Chaos At The Polls?

  • The late Senator Kennedy also vehemently opposed the Cape Wind project, in part because the Kennedys, known as avid sailors, own a family compound that looks onto the project sight.

    Ben Carmichael: Congratulations, America. You Passed Wind.

  • Rep. John Yarmuth, Democrat of Kentucky, hit Greenspan close to home, calling the avid baseball fan one of "three Bill Buckners."

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  • Only three out of a class of sixteen are what I would describe as avid readers.

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