• IPA: /ˈɡɹiːdi/

greedy (comparative greedier, superlative greediest)

  1. Having greed; consumed by selfish desires.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto IX, stanza 14, page 311 ↗:
      For with ſuch puiſſance and impetuous maine / Thoſe Champions broke on them, that forſt the fly, / Like ſcattered Sheepe, whenas the Shepherds ſwaine / A Lyon and a Tigre doth eſpye, / With greedy pace forth ruſhing from the foreſt nye.
  2. Prone to overeat.
  3. (regular expressions) Tending to match as much text as possible.
    Antonyms: lazy, nongreedy, reluctant
    This regular expression performs a greedy match.
  4. (computer science, of an algorithm) That tries to find the global optimum by finding the local optimum at each stage.
    Antonyms: nongreedy
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