showing great enthusiasm for or interest in:
an avid moviegoer.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, ardent, keen; devoted, dedicated; zealous, fanatic.
Antonyms: indifferent, apathetic; reluctant.
extremely desirous (often followed by for or sometimes of):
avid for pleasure; avid of power.
Synonyms: eager; hungry, greedy, insatiable; covetous.
Antonyms: disdainful, loath.
However, this must be the first time that Americans have submitted to it so avidly and in person on their home turf.
Brit Wits Bash America Sean Macaulay February 16, 2010
The media world is a small enclave, and word quickly spread that Desiree was avidly available.
How Desiree Landed Her Gig Sandra McElwaine August 10, 2010
Ibrahim is a short, fierce young woman in a bright headscarf and blue jeans, avidly texting on her Nokia.
Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence Nina Burleigh January 21, 2012
Brown says his greatest joy would be to find that readers of Inferno were avidly discussing Dante.
‘Inferno’: Dan’s Brown’s Best Book Yet Malcolm Jones May 13, 2013
The Gladiator star has been avidly tweeting at Pope Francis, asking for a screening for his upcoming film Noah.
Russell Crowe Twitter Stalks The Pope To Get Noah Screening Barbie Latza Nadeau March 11, 2014
“The warmth of thy garments hath a goodlier smell than myrrh, than nard,” he is saying, avidly touching her ear with his lips.
Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity Alexandre Kuprin
Julia was avidly, yet resentfully, aware of his surreptitious admiration.
Narcissus Evelyn Scott
With wonderful quickness a crowd had collected, all avidly eager for a fight.
The Trail of ’98 Robert W. Service
She had a strange delusion that one was avidly interested in ones schoolbooks.
Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
He dug small shelled things from under stones along the river and ate them avidly.
The Time Traders Andre Norton
very keen; enthusiastic: an avid reader
(postpositive; often foll by for or of) eager (for); desirous (of); greedy (for): avid for revenge
1769, from French avide (15c.), from Latin avidus “longing eagerly, desirous, greedy,” from avere “to desire eagerly.” Also in part a back-formation from avidity. Related: Avidly.
- Avoid like the plague
Evade or elude at any cost, shun. For example, Since Bob was taken into police custody, his friends have been avoiding him and his family like the plague. This seemingly modern expression dates from the Latin of the early Middle Ages, when Saint Jerome (a.d. 345–420) wrote, “Avoid, as you would the plague, a clergyman […]
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate. Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel. Contemporary Examples They do not include so-called “Variable Interest Entities,” the subsidiaries banks use to […]
to keep away from; keep clear of; shun: to avoid a person; to avoid taxes; to avoid danger. to prevent from happening: to avoid falling. Law. to make void or of no effect; invalidate. Obsolete. to empty; eject or expel. Contemporary Examples The way doctors are paid is one reason why avoidable procedures persist. PSA […]
the act of avoiding or keeping away from: the avoidance of scandal; the avoidance of one’s neighbors. Law. a making void; annulment. Contemporary Examples But those who worked with Charles in advertising say that his avoidance of contact was not shyness, but a deliberate campaign. Charles Saatchi: From Saatchi & Saatchi to Allegedly Choking Nigella […]