desirous [adj] aspiring, hopeful acquisitive, ambitious, amorous, anxious, avid, covetous, craving, desiring, eager, enthusiastic, grasping, greedy, hot*, itchy*, keen, longing, lustful, passionate, prehensile, ready, stimulated, turned on*, willing, wishful, wishing, yearning; concept 529 —Ant. reluctant, unambitious, unenthusiastic, unhopeful

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  • Desirous — De*sir ous, a. [F. d[ e]sireux, OF. desiros, fr. desir. See {Desire}, n.] Feeling desire; eagerly wishing; solicitous; eager to obtain; covetous. [1913 Webster] Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him. John xvi. 19. [1913 Webster] Be not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desirous — c.1300, from Anglo Fr. desirous, O.Fr. desirros (11c., Mod.Fr. désireux), from V.L. *desiderosus, from stem of L. desiderare (see DESIRE (Cf. desire)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • desirous — index eager, hot blooded, inclined, jealous, lecherous, solicitous, zealous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • desirous — [di zīr′əs] adj. [ME < OFr desireus < LL desiderosus < L desiderare: see DESIRE] desiring; having or characterized by desire …   English World dictionary

  • desirous — adj. (formal) 1) (cannot stand alone) desirous of (desirous of fame) 2) desirous that; subj. (he is desirous that you be/should be there) * * * [dɪ zaɪ(ə)rəs] subj. (he is desirous that you be/ should be there) desirous that (formal) (cannot… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • desirous — [[t]dɪza͟ɪ͟ərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ of ing/n If you are desirous of doing something or desirous of something, you want to do it very much or want it very much. [FORMAL] Desirous of knowing something about the operations, I stood and… …   English dictionary

  • desirous — predic.adj. 1 (usu. foll. by of) ambitious, desiring (desirous of stardom; desirous of doing well). 2 (usu. foll. by to + infin., or that + clause) wishful; hoping (desirous to do the right thing). Etymology: ME f. AF desirous, OF desireus f. Rmc …   Useful english dictionary

  • desirous — de|sir|ous [dıˈzaıərəs US ˈzaır ] adj [not before noun] formal wanting something very much desirous of ▪ He became restless and desirous of change …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • desirous — /dəˈzaɪrəs / (say duh zuyruhs) phrase desirous of, having or experiencing a wish or hope for: both leaders are desirous of peace. {Middle English, from Old French desireus} –desirously, adverb –desirousness, noun …  

  • desirous — adjective Date: 14th century impelled or governed by desire < desirous of fame > • desirously adverb • desirousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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