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

  • adj. Desiring to drink.
  • adj. Arid; parched: thirsty fields.
  • adj. Craving something: thirsty for news.
  • adj. Very absorbent: a thirsty sponge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Needing to drink.
  • adj. Causing thirst; giving one a need to drink.
  • adj. Craving something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling thirst; having a painful or distressing sensation from want of drink; hence, having an eager desire.
  • adj. Deficient in moisture; dry; parched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeling thirst; suffering for want of drink.
  • Dry; parched; arid.
  • Vehemently desirous; craving: with after, for, etc.
  • Sharp; eager; active.
  • Causing thirst.

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

  • adj. (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
  • adj. feeling a need or desire to drink
  • adj. able to take in large quantities of moisture
  • adj. needing moisture


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  • He felt a jealous chagrin as he watched them follow her into the church, an anger that she dared to trample upon him that way, a fierce desire to get away and quaff the cup of admiration at the hand of some of his own friends, or to quaff some cup, _any_ cup, for he was thirsty, thirsty, _thirsty_, and this was a dry and barren land.

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  • And the second one: 'And I did as thou biddest, O master, whispering shrewd words in thirsty ears, and raising memories of the things that were of old time.


  • That white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you are really thirsty is smarter than you will ever be.

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  • It hurts him to see her drinking it, so painfully thirsty is she.

    Doris Lessing - Nobel Lecture

  • A very decent beer, for American tastes - more sweet than bitter, and not 'heavy' - that is, drinking when thirsty is imaginable as a pleasant experience.

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  • According to the Apostle's words all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in him, and he calls the thirsty to drink.

    Whoever thirsts, let him come to me and drink his fill

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  • On our retreat the soldiers got very thirsty for tobacco (they always used the word thirsty), and they would sometimes come across an old field off which the tobacco had been cut and the suckers had re-sprouted from the old stalk, and would cut off these suckers and dry them by the fire and chew them.

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  • Rosemary took it and drank every drop to punish herself for her fib, for she was not in the least thirsty, and to drink a fairly large cupful of water when you are not thirsty is somewhat of an ordeal.

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  • Herod was, throughout his reign, a bloody man; it was not long before, that he destroyed the whole Sanhedrim, or bench of judges; but blood to the blood-thirsty is like drink to those in a dropsy; Quo plus sunt potae, plus sitiuntur aquae -- The more they drink, the more thirsty they become.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)


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