grasping vs greedy what difference

what is difference between grasping and greedy

English

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæspɪŋ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɑːspɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: grasp‧ing

Adjective

grasping (comparative more grasping, superlative most grasping)

  1. Greedy, eager for wealth.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:greedy

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

grasping

  1. present participle and gerund of grasp

Noun

grasping (plural graspings)

  1. The act of one who grasps or covets.

Anagrams

  • pargings, sparging, spriggan


English

Etymology

From Middle English gredy, from Old English grǣdiġ (greedy, hungry, eager), from Proto-Germanic *grēdagaz (hungry), from Proto-Germanic *grēdaz, *grēduz, *grēdô (hunger), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrēdʰ- (to be hungry, long for), equivalent to greed +‎ -y. Cognate with Old Saxon grādag (greedy), Dutch graag (gladly, willingly), Old High German grātag (greedy), Danish grådig (greedy), Norwegian Bokmål grådig (greedy) (from Old Norse gráðigr (greedy), gráði (greed, hunger)), Gothic ???????????????????????????? (grēdags, hungry). Non-Germanic cognates include Sanskrit गृद्धि (gṛddhi, greed), Albanian ngordh (to crave for, starve, die).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹiːdi/
  • Rhymes: -iːdi

Adjective

greedy (comparative greedier, superlative greediest)

  1. Having greed; consumed by selfish desires.
  2. Prone to overeat.
  3. (regular expressions) Tending to match as much text as possible.
    Antonyms: lazy, nongreedy, reluctant
  4. (computer science, of an algorithm) That tries to find the global optimum by finding the local optimum at each stage.
    Antonym: nongreedy

Synonyms

  • (having greed): Thesaurus:greedy
  • (prone to overeat): gluttonous

Derived terms

  • greed (by back-formation)
  • greediness
  • greedyguts
  • overgreedy

Descendants

  • Sranan Tongo: gridi

Translations

Further reading

  • greedy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • greedy in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • greyed

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