- 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 hungry
The city protests that a beach is not a suitable place to feed the hungry.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Springsteen originally wrote his first big hit, “Hungry Heart,” for the Ramones.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
He's dazzling, fielding questions, spinning out anecdotes and limericks, sounding 35 and hungry for publicity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
And to do that, you have to forget that you have been hungry, too.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
Yes—I'm hungry for both, and some of those funny little cakes.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The History of Man is the record of a hungry creature in search of food.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Rested at Pintumbra, as there was good feed for our tired and hungry horses.Explorations in Australia
I want to eat when I am hungry, sleep when I am weary, drink—well, any old time.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
This from Jerry Tompkins; you have probably no idea how hungry he was at that moment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- 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 hungry
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