adj. greed·i·er, greed·i·est
1. Having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.
2. Having or showing a desire to eat or drink in large or excessive amounts.
3. Extremely eager or desirous for an activity or pursuit: greedy for the opportunity to prove their ability.
[Middle English gredi, from Old English grǣdig; see gher-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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