Definition of esurient in English:


Pronunciation /əˈso͝orēənt/ /əˈsʊriənt/


archaic, humorous
  • Hungry or greedy.

    ‘In Masson's metamorphosis of image and reality in Pygmalion, the sculpture on the right becomes the esurient monster at the table; indeed, it becomes the table itself, devouring its contents.’
    • ‘Outside the Hungry Pilgrim restaurant stood an examplar of esurient puritanism dressed in a black-and-white Cromwellian costume with hair in a pigtail.’
    insatiable, unquenchable, unappeasable, prodigious, uncontrollable, uncontrolled, omnivorous, compulsive, gluttonous, greedy, rapacious


Late 17th century from Latin esurient- ‘being hungry’, from the verb esurire, from esse ‘eat’.