[ huhng-gree ]
/ ˈhʌŋ gri /
adjective, hun·gri·er, hun·gri·est.
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.
Words nearby hungry
SYNONYMS FOR hungry
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 ).
OTHER WORDS FROM hungryhun·gri·ly, adverbhun·gri·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hungryHungary hungry (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for hungriness
/ (ˈhʌŋɡrɪ) /
adjective -grier or -griest
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
Derived forms of hungryhungrily or hungeringly, adverbhungriness, noun
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