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adjective, hun·gri·er, hun·gri·est.
  1. having a desire, craving, or need for food; feeling hunger.
  2. indicating, characteristic of, or characterized by hunger: He approached the table with a hungry look.
  3. strongly or eagerly desirous.
  4. lacking needful or desirable elements; not fertile; poor: hungry land.
  5. marked by a scarcity of food: The depression years were hungry times.
  6. 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

before 950; Middle English, Old English hungrig. See hunger, -y1
Related formshun·gri·ly, adverbhun·gri·ness, noun
Can be confusedHungary hungry (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for 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 ).

Antonyms for hungry

1. sated, satiated, surfeited. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hungriness

Historical Examples of 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

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for hungriness


adjective -grier or -griest
  1. desiring food
  2. experiencing pain, weakness, or nausea through lack of food
  3. (postpositive foll by for) having a craving, desire, or need (for)
  4. expressing or appearing to express greed, craving, or desire
  5. lacking fertility; poor
  6. Australian and NZ informal
    1. greedy; grasping
    2. stingy; mean
  7. NZ (of timber) dry and bare
Derived Formshungrily or hungeringly, adverbhungriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hungriness


Old English hungrig "hungry, famished;" see hunger + -y (2). Cf. Old Frisian hungerig, Dutch hongerig, German hungrig. Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Hungrily.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper