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

  • n. An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth: "Many . . . attach to competition the stigma of selfish greed” ( Henry Fawcett).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An eager desire or longing; greediness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry; cry out; call.
  • n. An excessively eager desire to possess something, especially wealth; avaricious desire; especially, coarse and brutal avarice.
  • n. A greedy person.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A pondweed (Potamogeton in several species): usually in plural.
  • n. plural Straw used to make manure in a farm-yard.

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

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


Back-formation from greedy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from greedy. (Wiktionary)



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