adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan to suffer from thirst, from of off, from + thyrstan to thirst — more at of Date: before 12th century 1. archaic thirsty 2. having a strong eager desire <
I that for ever feel athirst for glory — John Keats
Synonyms: see eager

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  • Athirst — A*thirst , a. [OE. ofthurst, AS. ofpyrsted, p. p. of ofpyrstan; pref. of , intensive + pyrstan to thirst. See {Thirst}.] 1. Wanting drink; thirsty. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a keen appetite or desire; eager; longing. Athirst for battle. Cowper.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • athirst — avid, *eager, keen, anxious, agog Analogous words: thirsting, hungering, pining, yearning, longing (see LONG vb): craving, coveting or covetous, desiring or desirous (see corresponding verbs at DESIRE) Contrasted words: *indifferent, unconcerned …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • athirst — [ə thʉrst′] adj. [ME ofthurst < OE ofthyrsted, pp. of ofthyrstan < of , intens. + thyrstan, THIRST] 1. Archaic thirsty 2. eager; longing (for a thing) …   English World dictionary

  • athirst — /euh therrst /, adj. 1. having a keen desire; eager (often fol. by for): She has long been athirst for European travel. 2. Archaic. thirsty. [bef. 1000; ME athurst, ofthurst, OE ofthyrst, ptp. of ofthyrstan. See A 2, THIRST] * * * …   Universalium

  • athirst — adjective /əˈθəːst/ a) Thirsty. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.… …   Wiktionary

  • athirst — a•thirst [[t]əˈθɜrst[/t]] adj. 1) having a keen desire; eager (often fol. by for): a poet athirst for recognition[/ex] 2) archaic thirsty • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • athirst — predic.adj. poet. 1 (usu. foll. by for) eager (athirst for knowledge). 2 thirsty. Etymology: OE ofthyrst for ofthyrsted past part. of ofthyrstan be thirsty …   Useful english dictionary

  • athirst — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Intensely desirous or interested: agog, ardent, avid, bursting, eager, impatient, keen1, solicitous, thirsting, thirsty. Informal: raring. Idioms: champing at the bit, ready and willing. See CONCERN. 2. Archaic …   English dictionary for students

  • athirst — a·thirst || É™ θɜːst adj. eager; thirsty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • athirst — a. 1. Thirsty, dry. 2. Eager, keenly desiring, with fierce desire …   New dictionary of synonyms

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