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 (ĭ-so͝or′ē-ənt, ĭ-zo͝or′-)
Hungry; greedy.

[Latin ēsuriēns, ēsurient-, present participle of ēsurīre, desiderative of edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

e·su′ri·ence (-əns), e·su′ri·en·cy (-ən-sē) n.
e·su′ri·ent·ly adv.


greedy; voracious
[C17: from Latin ēsurīre to be hungry, from edere to eat]
eˈsurience, eˈsuriency n
eˈsuriently adv


(ɪˈsʊər i ənt)

hungry; greedy.
[1665–75; < Latin ēsurient- <ēsurīre to be hungry]
e•su′ri•ent•ly, adv.


- If you are esurient, you are hungry.
See also related terms for hungry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.esurient - extremely hungry; "they were tired and famished for food and sleep"; "a ravenous boy"; "the family was starved and ragged"; "fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy"
hungry - feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food; "a world full of hungry people"
2.esurient - (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirousesurient - (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous; "avid for adventure"; "an avid ambition to succeed"; "fierce devouring affection"; "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"; "greedy for fame"
desirous, wishful - having or expressing desire for something; "desirous of high office"; "desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem"
3.esurient - devouring or craving food in great quantitiesesurient - devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks"
gluttonous - 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"
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I'm talking, of course, about Monty Python's notorious Cheese Shop Sketch, in which Cleese, feeling "peckish, esurient.
The recasting of these images, so often elided, forgotten, unexplained, unspeakable, through the mechanism of colour separation suggests that they in fact remain an invisible but constituent part of cultural life today and holds open the possibility for their future synthesis, their subjects' jubilant yet esurient expressions not so much haunting as hopeful.