AskDefine | Define ravening

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ravening adj
1 living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal" [syn: predatory, rapacious, raptorial, vulturine, vulturous]
2 excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious governments" [syn: rapacious, voracious]
3 devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, rapacious, ravenous, voracious, wolfish]

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English

Etymology

Present participle of the obsolete verb raven "to prey".

Adjective

  1. Voracious and greedy.
    There is no shortage of ravening friends and relatives on the day one hits the lottery.
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