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gluttonous adj : given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink; "over-fed women and their gluttonous husbands"; "a gluttonous debauch"; "a gluttonous appetite for food and praise and pleasure" [ant: abstemious]

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  1. Given to excessive eating; prone to overeating.
  2. Greedy.


  • 1607 — William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens iii 4
    Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,And take down the interest into their gluttonous maws.
  • 1611 — KJV, Matthew 11:19
    Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.
  • 1854 — Henry David Thoreau, Walden
    The voracious caterpillar when transformed into a butterfly ... and the gluttonous maggot when become a fly" content themselves with a drop or two of honey or some other sweet liquid.
  • 1891 — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Book xvii
    Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
  • 1914 — Robert W. Service, The Call
    Look your last on your dearest ones,Brothers and husbands, fathers, sons:Swift they go to the ravenous guns,The gluttonous guns of War.
  • 1929 — H.P. Lovecraft, Fungi from Yuggoth
    One day the mail-man found no village there,Nor were its folk or houses seen again;People came out from Aylesbury to stare -Yet they all told the mail-man it was plainThat he was mad for saying he had spiedThe great hill's gluttonous eyes, and jaws stretched wide.

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