When you eat something very hungrily, you can use the adverb "ravenously" to describe it. But when you drink something very fast in a similar way to quench your thirst, what adverb can you use to describe it?
I don't think there's a perfect word for this, but here are some suggestions:
- This does not, of course, refer specifically to thirst, or to the action, but it does mean "incapable of being satisfied", which covers the motivation and thereby suggests the action.
- "having a huge appetite". Of course appetite typically relates to food, but one can have an appetite for anything: consider "a voracious reader". Interestingly, MW has this to say about the origin:
Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour
Of course "guzzle" specifically refers to drinking.
- "quenchable" = to relieve or satisfy with liquid, so unquenchably would be with the inability to be relieved or satisfied with liquid.
- which can apply equally to food or drink: "having a strong desire for food or drink".
Inside he found the food and water his body craved; he ate ravenously and drank greedily.
Agree with "parchedly," but that's a pretty sorry word! You may be better off using a different verb than "to drink": gulp or guzzle, or, taking considerable poetic license with the meaning of the words, gasp or croak ("he gasped / croaked down a liter of water"). Another alternative is to use an adverb not specifically meaning "thirstily" but implying intensity or earnestness ("he desperately / furiously drank...").
gulpingly might fit
gulpingly: (adverb) in a gulping manner
gulp: (transitive verb) often foll by down to swallow rapidly, esp in large mouthfuls
I see the usage of "guzzlingly" also but there is no dictionary entry. It might be a neologism.
guzzle: To drink greedily or habitually: guzzle beer.
Other than that, you can always use "greedily" which is more common.
Thirstily, the adverb for thirsty.
Parched is the best I have.
In tone it seems a bit more understated than ravenous, but I'm not aware of any others more severe.
Taking a note from John's answer: you'd probably want to use a combination of intense adjectives & adverbs. My suggestion would be something like "he desperately quaffed".
To describe that way of drinking you can also use the word "ravenously".
How about avidly (referring to the drinker's thirst) or copiously (referring to the volume drunk)?
Greedily (or insatiably) might be indeed be good answers. Often, "ravenously" describes how someone eats as much as from what cause the manner of their eating proceeds. Thus, to fill in the gap:
He drank the water ....
He ate the food ravenously.
you could use compulsively, wildly, with abandon, immoderately, urgently or obsessively.
If you want (something like) a Tom Swifty, you could use "distraughtly". :)
I concur with the many answers that choosing a different verb is better-suited in this case to convey the desired nuances. I particularly like "to quaff," which I picture as a very hasty (and messy) kind of drinking, imho fitting of the desired adverb "ravenously".
Depending on the mood of the drinker, I would go with "he quaffed recklessly/madly/aggressively" or "he quaffed heartily/vigorously"
Ps. This is more of a comment to @DanTheGameMan's answer, but alas, I don't have enough reputation for this yet.
Pps. As a non-native English speaker, I was introduced to the word by reading Terry Pratchett, where it appeared in the context of dwarfish drinking behaviour (if memory serves).
There is no direct counterpart that is in typical usage. Use any word that suggests desperation or urgency, if you must use an adverb. Describing the way the person drank visually would probably be far more descriptive, however. For example: "The traveler sank to her knees, grabbed the jug with both hands, drank the entire contents in one messy draft."
Actually, I would like to add that ravenous is not necessarily a term just for hunger; a ravenous thirst is a perfectly acceptable phrase. Ravenously also means greedily or in a predatory manner; it is literally derived from the word raven (like the bird). Thanks OED.
You could also get creative with watery words and make some adjectives up, if you're into that sort of thing:
- they drank gushingly (from gushing)
- she drank oceanically (from oceanic)
- he drank flowingly (from flowing)
- she drank floodingly (from flooding)
- she drank tidingly (from tiding)
- he drank lakedly (from lake)
- they drank shoringly (from shore)
- I drank splashingly (from splash)
- we drank hydrantly (from hydrant)
- she drank drowningly (from drowning)
Some of them are groan-worthy, but I like a couple.
Perhaps "guzzled". Or a metaphor.
He drank like a particularly parched fish who'd just been on a camel ride with the hotel holiday resort and hadn't brought any change, where the only available water was for sale by grinning tour guides.
He wearily examined the (beverage, water?) to check it wasn't a mirage, and once certain, with a wave of relief guzzled it down barely taking the time to breathe. Occasionally he spluttered for air, like a surfacing whale, and then returned to desperately trying to take in his own body weight in liquid.
The etymology of ravenous according to the OED: Originally: (of an animal) given to seizing other animals as prey; predatory; ferocious. Later: (of an animal or person; also of the appetite, hunger, etc.) voracious, gluttonous. Also fig. and in extended use.
A synonym would be 'voraciously'. So in order to answer this question one has to think of an animal which drinks voraciously. Could that be a camel, or a dog, let's say. And how does a dog drink? It 'laps' the water.
So the verb must surely be 'he lapped the liquid down him'. As for an adverb, it would have to be: 'He drank lappedly'
How about some derivative of drench? Since parched speaks of the absence of fluid, and ravenous more of the actual present consumption of food, I would think drenched (or drenchedly/drenchally if there exist such words) would be better...as it speaks more of the present consumption of and saturation with fluid.
I think that the correct word is definitely: Dehydratedly.
For more general terms that applies to both eating and drinking you could try gluttonously or hedonistically depending on the connotation.
Not an adjective, but to slake your thirst generally means you have been very thirsty and dehydrated
drouthy (scot, thirsty or dry)
I would be more inclined to suggest parched as a solution, though I would personally use drouthy.
Dehydrated serves the same purpose but I'd use it to narrate more specifically.
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