hungry

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hunger strike,
  2. hunger-strike,
  3. hungerly,
  4. hungnam,
  5. hungover,
  6. hungtow island,
  7. hunk,
  8. hunker,
  9. hunkers,
  10. hunkpapa

Origin of hungry

before 950; Middle English, Old English hungrig. See hunger, -y1

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 ).

ANTONYMS FOR hungry
1. sated, satiated, surfeited.

Related formshun·gri·ly, adverbhun·gri·ness, noun

Can be confusedHungary hungry (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for hungry

hungry

/ (ˈhʌŋɡrɪ) /

adjective -grier or -griest

Derived Formshungrily or hungeringly, adverbhungriness, noun

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Word Origin and History for hungry

hungry

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

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