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Thirsty /θɜrsti/

adjective No specific type of word-formation
When you are eager to get your crush’s (the person you like) attention. People who are thirsty go through extreme measures to get attention from that special person.
 
The adjective thirst usually means having the need to drink something. Whenever we are thirsty, we are craving something we need (liquids, which are essential for our bodies). Through the use of metaphor, thirsty gained its meaning described above as the attention of the people we like is something we need.
Etymology : Thirsty comes from the Old English word þurstig which means the need for water or greedy (retrieved from etymonline.com). Through the use of metaphor, thirsty gained the meaning described above.
Source : Friends (In college): Friend1: “How do I gain his attention?” Friend2: “Stop, you look so thirsty.” (In-person, August 2019). The first use of this term, in this context, comes from rapper Soulja Boy’s song “She Thirsty” which he released in 2007 (retrieved from independent.co.uk).
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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