Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or expressing desire; desiring: Both sides were desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem.

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  • adj. Feeling desire; eagerly wishing; solicitous; eager to obtain; covetous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling desire; eagerly wishing; solicitous; eager to obtain; covetous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wishing to obtain; wishful; solicitous; anxious; eager.
  • Desirable.

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

  • adj. having or expressing desire for something

Etymologies

Old French desirrous, from desirrer + -ous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Oh yeah, your dad is still kicking your ass, your livelihood is threatened by a fickle public, and the pressure is on you to do something to stay relevant ... remain desirous ...

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Such an affection has he for his country, and so truly desirous is he of the welfare of it, that he would be content to lie under the imputation of a false prophet, so that their ruin might be prevented.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The Sub – Prior readily obeyed the first part of the Abbot’s injunction, but paused upon the second — “It is Friday, most reverend,” he said in Latin, desirous that the hint should escape, if possible, the ears of the stranger.

    The Monastery

  • Governor N.N. January 3rd, 2009 JAMMU - Jammu and Kashmir chief minister-designate Omar Abdullah Sunday said he was 'desirous' of talking to separatist leaders from the state.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Limbaugh said that the media is "desirous" of seeing Black QBs like Philly's McNabb do well.

    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • He learned from another daughter that it was thought that grief had sapped the father's mind, that he imagined he had visions of his dead girl, and that he was above everything desirous of obtaining a satisfactory portrait.

    From the archive, 18 January 1883: The ghost story which 'inspired' Charles Dickens

  • Vigdor is trying to change the subject from what Rush actually said: "I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."

    Economic Arguments, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • If you are so unfortunate as to have contracted the low habit of smoking, be careful to practise it under certain restrictions; at least, so long as you are desirous of being considered fit for civilized society.

    Smoking Etiquette | Edwardian Promenade

  • However, those golfers desirous of more variety than just one resort or one country, need look no further than "The World": A luxury ship that is the largest privately-owned yacht on earth.

    Golf Without Boundaries

  • I felt desirous of something fresh—a scent, an item of clothing.

    Deadly

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  • One of the greatest quotes of all time.

    October 28, 2007

  • "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!"

    October 28, 2007