grasping


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grasp·ing

 (grăs′pĭng)
adj.
Exceedingly eager for material gain; avaricious.

grasp′ing·ly adv.
grasp′ing·ness n.

grasping

(ˈɡrɑːspɪŋ)
adj
greedy; avaricious; rapacious
ˈgraspingly adv

grasp•ing

(ˈgræs pɪŋ, ˈgrɑs-)

adj.
greedy; avaricious.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grasping - understanding with difficulty; "the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
2.grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)grasping - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
Adj.1.grasping - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthgrasping - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"

grasping

adjective greedy, acquisitive, rapacious, mean, selfish, stingy, penny-pinching (informal), venal, miserly, avaricious, niggardly, covetous, tightfisted, close-fisted, tight-arsed (taboo slang), usurious, tight-assed (U.S. taboo slang), snoep (S. African informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo slang) She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
generous, altruistic, unselfish

grasping

adjective
Having a strong urge to obtain or possess something, especially material wealth, in quantity:
Informal: grabby.
Translations
جَشِع، طَمّاع
lakomý
grisk
ágjarn, gráîugur
açgözlügözü doymaz

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] ADJ (fig) → avaro, codicioso

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (= greedy) → avide

grasping

adj (fig)habgierig

grasping

[ˈgrɑːspɪŋ] adj (fig) → avido/a

grasp

(graːsp) verb
1. to take hold of especially by putting one's fingers or arm(s) round. He grasped the rope; He grasped the opportunity to ask for a higher salary.
2. to understand. I can't grasp what he's getting at.
noun
1. a grip with one's hand etc. Have you got a good grasp on that rope?
2. the ability to understand. His ideas are quite beyond my grasp.
ˈgrasping adjective
greedy (especially for money). a grasping old man.
References in classic literature ?
It makes a woman grasping to see her children want for things.
The trouble is," sighed the Doctor, grasping her meaning intuitively, "that youth is given up to illusions.
That colt, at least, must die," muttered the scout, grasping at the mane of the nimble beast, which easily eluded his hand; "Uncas, your arrows
The iron-hearted Puritan, the relentless persecutor, the grasping and strong-willed man was dead
Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailorlike but still reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if ascending the main-top of his vessel.
said Tom, grasping his hand; "he's a poor mis'able critter
And did you ever hear that my father was an avaricious, grasping man?
No,' she persisted, grasping the handle; 'not yet, Edgar Linton: sit down; you shall not leave me in that temper.
A private rehearsal at these lodgings, and a bargain which will fill the pockets of a grasping stranger -- such are the sacrifices which dire necessity imposes on me at starting.
After grasping the Doctor's hand, as he stood victorious and proud before him; after grasping the hand of Mr.
a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner
An angry flush overspread her features; and she said, in an intolerant manner, grasping the arm-chair tightly with her hands: