Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cry; cry out; call.
  • noun A pondweed (Potamogeton in several species): usually in plural.
  • noun plural Straw used to make manure in a farm-yard.
  • noun An excessively eager desire to possess something, especially wealth; avaricious desire; especially, coarse and brutal avarice.
  • noun A greedy person.
  • noun Synonyms Greediness, Greed; eagerness, avidity. Greediness is used either literally or figuratively, as greediness for food, greediness for favors, applause, knowledge; greed has now lost its literal sense, and is rarely used except for avarice and in such phrases as greed of gain, greed of wealth, greed of gold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An eager desire or longing; greediness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.

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

  • noun excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
  • noun reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from greedy.]

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Back-formation from greedy.

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