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From Middle English glotenose, glotenouse, glotonos, glotonous, glotounius, glotynous, from Middle French glotonos; equivalent to glutton +‎ -ous.

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gluttonous (comparative more gluttonous, superlative most gluttonous)

  1. Given to excessive eating; prone to overeating.
    Synonyms: gluttonish, gluttonly
  2. Greedy.
    • c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iv]:
      Then they could smile and fawn upon his debts,
      And take down the interest into their gluttonous maws.
    • 1854 August 9, Henry D[avid] Thoreau, “Higher Laws”, in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, →OCLC, page 231:
      ["]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.
    • 1892, Walt Whitman, “Birds of Passage: Pioneers! O Pioneers!”, in Leaves of Grass [], Philadelphia, Pa.: David McKay, publisher, [], →OCLC, page 185:
      Do the feasters gluttonous feast? / Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors? / Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground, / Pioneers! O pioneers!
    • 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 plain / That he was mad for saying he had spied / The great hill's gluttonous eyes, and jaws stretched wide.

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