Definition of ravenous in English:

ravenous

Pronunciation /ˈrav(ə)nəs/ /ˈræv(ə)nəs/

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adjective

  • 1Extremely hungry.

    ‘I'd been out all day and was ravenous’
    • ‘At that spot, they found a dead deer, still steaming, and took hungry, ravenous bites out of it.’
    • ‘I am secretly a ravenous animal for compliments’
    • ‘Mr. Numan walked in attracted by the smells of fine dinner on the table, collapsed at his chair, and ate some food like a ravenous animal.’
    • ‘They were always scavenging for the latest hint of gossip as if they were ravenous animals on the trail of a wounded deer.’
    • ‘Tartan is pulled across the cold steel floor like an animal being brought to the slaughter by a ravenous predator.’
    • ‘It is also time that we must take greater care in managing our garbage from ravenous dogs and ravens.’
    • ‘One candidate knows that if Giblets's rivals are elected president he could transform into a pack of ravenous wolves and eat your children.’
    • ‘At night, they advised us to put on our under-bungalow lights and wait for the floorshow of ravenous and strange-looking fish gobbling up plankton just beneath us.’
    • ‘It's the story of a ravenous caterpillar that eats so much he makes himself sick before finally transforming into a beautiful butterfly.’
    • ‘Mind you, I would be reluctant, to send a ravenous band of travel-worn tourists there for a late-night meal, without first having made a reservation.’
    • ‘Our sallow skin and lean, ravenous eyes (so suggestive of scurvy) give us away.’
    • ‘That description belonged to a pack of ravenous Eagles.’
    • ‘She not only insists that her husband tell her he loves her every night, but she's ravenous for information about how much he loves her.’
    • ‘It almost goes without saying that she elected not to finish breakfast and was consequently ravenous and difficult by mid-morning.’
    • ‘In 1455 he was returning from a meeting at Doncaster, possibly with the Knights Templars or Grey Friars, when he was set upon by a ravenous wild cat.’
    • ‘I had come off the golf course feeling ravenous, so my choices were influenced by a desire for meat, and lots of it.’
    • ‘By contrast, North Americans are ravenous consumers of energy.’
    • ‘That's the problem with swimming, it makes me ravenous.’
    • ‘Food is served fast and hot, and the waiting staff are tolerant - they barely bat an eyelid at drunk, ravenous students.’
    • ‘Along the way she is accosted by ravenous predators.’
    very hungry, starving, starved, famished
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    1. 1.1(of hunger or need) very great; voracious.
      ‘a ravenous appetite’
      • ‘Arrive before you have built up a ravenous hunger.’
      • ‘The size of a hornet hive grows quickly as the season progresses - and so does the ravenous hunger of the young hornets.’
      • ‘He didn't even notice the ravenous hunger that made his stomach rumble in silent agony.’
      • ‘The meagre supplies she had brought had not lasted long with her ravenous hunger.’
      • ‘Despite her ravenous hunger, Alicia had to struggle to stifle her gag reflex.’
      • ‘The wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen made me all the more aware of my ravenous hunger.’
      • ‘But Johnson's latest performance in the red and green of Leicester showed that he still has a ravenous appetite for club rugby.’
      • ‘If you have a ravenous appetite for rock and jazz, this is a must-read.’
      • ‘That taste of carnal pleasure unleashed a ravenous appetite.’
      • ‘Thanks to a ravenous appetite, he soon reaches 15 feet, and becomes increasingly difficult to hide.’
      • ‘You will develop a ravenous appetite when you're not on the bike anyway.’
      • ‘The ravenous appetite I worked up instantly disappeared.’
      • ‘However, often underestimated is the equally ravenous appetite they have for high-performance data access.’
      • ‘Am I, as an entertainment journalist, feeding the public's ravenous appetite for more celebrity?’
      • ‘I slept well, and woke with a ravenous appetite for breakfast, as usual.’
      • ‘Such is the ravenous appetite for good films possessed by those who love them.’
      • ‘Their ravenous appetite for fellow fish makes them one of the largest fresh water species.’
      • ‘Others have a ravenous appetite for the glues used to bond carpet to its backing.’
      • ‘Sarah and I sat in one corner of the lobby, not exactly having ravenous appetites.’
      • ‘At its worst, it combined the naivety of the 1960s, the anti-intellectualism of the 1970s and the ravenous greed of the 1980s.’
      voracious, insatiable, ravening, wolfish
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Origin

Late Middle English from Old French ravineus, from raviner ‘to ravage’ (see raven).