Definitions

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

  • adj. Strongly desirous; eager: athirst for freedom.
  • adj. Archaic Thirsty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thirsty.
  • adj. Eager or extremely desirous (for something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting drink; thirsty.
  • adj. Having a keen appetite or desire; eager; longing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Thirsty; wanting drink.
  • Figuratively, having a keen appetite or desire.

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

  • adj. (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous

Etymologies

Old English ofþyrst. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'Kings! ye athirst for conquest,' etc. _You_ are not _athirst_ for it but _take it coolly_. "

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • Not alone, had Ngurn informed him, was the Red One more bestial powerful than the neighbour tribal gods, ever athirst for the red blood of living human sacrifices, but the neighbour gods themselves were sacrificed and tormented before him.

    THE RED ONE

  • Therefore, I can gather to me no more possessions, and when ye are athirst for hooch, he will quench ye and without robbery.

    A HYPERBOREAN BREW

  • And when it was afloat all the chiefs were athirst, not being used to such toil; and I was told to climb the palms beside the canoe-sheds and throw down drink-coconuts.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • We fell on each other like old chums - he didn't know me well, you see, but mostly by my fearsome reputation; he was one of your play-up-and-fear-God paladins, full of zeal and athirst for glory, was John, and said his prayers and didn't drink and thought women were either nuns or mothers.

    Fiancée

  • They started on the old "Very kind, lads, God bless you, boys," and so we rang the collocol and brought a different waiter in this time and we ordered beers with rum in, being sore athirst, my brothers, and whatever the old ptitsas wanted.

    Where's the show?

  • My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God :

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

    The Dor�� Gallery of Bible Illustrations

  • But the ardent and active spirit of Lady Penelope, still athirst after novelty, though baffled in her two first projects, brought forward a third, in which she was more successful.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • “Pardon,” replied the Earl, “I am not athirst, and I drink not for fashion, but either for need or for friendship.”

    The Fair Maid of Perth

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