- having a desire, craving, or need for food; feeling hunger.
- indicating, characteristic of, or characterized by hunger: He approached the table with a hungry look.
- strongly or eagerly desirous.
- lacking needful or desirable elements; not fertile; poor: hungry land.
- marked by a scarcity of food: The depression years were hungry times.
- Informal. aggressively ambitious or competitive, as from a need to overcome poverty or past defeats: a hungry investment firm looking for wealthy clients.
Origin of hungry
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1. ravenous, famishing, starving. Hungry, famished, starved describe a condition resulting from a lack of food. Hungry is a general word, expressing various degrees of eagerness or craving for food: hungry between meals; desperately hungry after a long fast; hungry as a bear. Famished denotes the condition of one reduced to actual suffering from want of food, but sometimes is used lightly or in an exaggerated statement: famished after being lost in a wilderness; simply famished ( hungry ). Starved denotes a condition resulting from long-continued lack or insufficiency of food, and implies enfeeblement, emaciation, or death (originally death from any cause, but now death from lack of food): He looks thin and starved. By the end of the terrible winter, thousands had starved ( to death ). It is also used as a humorous exaggeration: I only had two sandwiches, pie, and some milk, so I'm simply starved ( hungry ).
1. sated, satiated, surfeited.
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Examples from the Web for hungriness
There was a hungriness in his sharp, black eyes which would have been observed by any one other than these two backwoodsmen.In the Brooding Wild
- desiring food
- experiencing pain, weakness, or nausea through lack of food
- (postpositive foll by for) having a craving, desire, or need (for)
- expressing or appearing to express greed, craving, or desire
- lacking fertility; poor
- Australian and NZ informal
- greedy; grasping
- stingy; mean
- NZ (of timber) dry and bare
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Word Origin and History for hungriness
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