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Greed-oozing

adjective; compounding
Extremely full of greed The word creator was describing a website that sells domain names for personalized websites. She regarded the prices it charged as particularly outrageous, and coined “greed-oozing” as a colorful way of describing what she saw as unbridled greed. In the same way that sap might ooze out of a tree (and because anything full of something is often said to “ooze it”), she saw the company as being so full of greed that it practically secreted it, or oozed it.
 
The most obnoxious, parasitic, greed-oozing company he’d ever heard of.
Etymology : Compounded from greed, backformed from greedy < Middle English gredie < Old English graedig, graed- ‘eagerly’ and –ig (-y) ending, + ooze < Middle English wos ‘sap, juice’, + -ing verb suffix
Source : Reader’s Digest, December 2005 edition, p. 60
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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