Definitions

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

  • adj. Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.
  • adj. Having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; greedy: a voracious reader.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.
  • adj. Having a great appetite for anything (e.g., a voracious reader).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Greedy in eating; very hungry; eager to devour or swallow; ravenous; gluttonous; edacious; rapacious

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Greedy in eating; eating food in large quantities; marked by voracity; ravenous: as, a voracious man.
  • Rapacious.
  • Ready to swallow up: as, a voracious gulf or whirlpool.

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

  • adj. excessively greedy and grasping
  • adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities

Etymologies

From Latin vorāx, vorāc-, from vorāre, to swallow, devour.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vorāx, from vorō ("I devour"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think it comes from reading, and I was a-- what they call a voracious reader when I was a little boy.

    Charles Kuralt's America

  • I was reading quite early and I was voracious from the start.

    Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » No Politics Thread

  • The appetite which has been voracious is now satisfied with a normal meal, the carbohydrate of which is utilized, and the patient loses the persistent craving for food.

    Frederick G. Banting - Nobel Lecture

  • Among economists Dr. Krueger is known as a voracious data hound, using surveys and natural experiments to find empirical results.

    NYT > Home Page

  • '' Humanity, the oceans, cannot continue to sustain Japanese voracious sashimi appetite, ''

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Although Prieto himself was known as a voracious eater, his typical meal-packed day was not unusual in Mexico.

    The Mexican kitchen: a taste for all seasons

  • He was described as a voracious reader who adored classics like "Crime and Punishment" and the Harry Potter series.

    January 2007 glimpses

  • They are brutally voracious, that is to say, ferocious, not after the fashion of the tyrant, but after the fashion of the tiger.

    Les Miserables

  • Her parents were Holocaust survivors; later, they immigrated to the United States and opened a small grocery store on North Capitol Street in D.C. Albert (Bert) Foer is characterized as the voracious reader in the family.

    The Foer Family

  • Native to western North America, the bull trout is widely known as a voracious predator of other fishes.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

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