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hungry

[huhng-gree] /ˈhʌŋ gri/
adjective, hungrier, hungriest.
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
950
before 950; Middle English, Old English hungrig. See hunger, -y1
Related forms
hungrily, adverb
hungriness, noun
Can be confused
Hungary, hungry (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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
1. sated, satiated, surfeited.
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  • Ogula camp no place for old girl if they short of chop and hungry.

    The Yellow God H. Rider Haggard
  • The History of Man is the record of a hungry creature in search of food.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • This, of course, leads to a fight, for a hungry bulbul is an angry bulbul.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The sight of the well-loaded table was most welcome to the eyes of hungry travelers.

  • "Take it away, I'm not hungry," I said, after finding the position too painful to endure.

    Bolanyo Opie Percival Read
British Dictionary definitions for hungry

hungry

/ˈhʌŋɡrɪ/
adjective -grier, -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.
(Austral & NZ, informal)
  1. greedy; grasping
  2. stingy; mean
7.
(NZ) (of timber) dry and bare
Derived Forms
hungrily, hungeringly, adverb
hungriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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Slang definitions & phrases for hungry

hungry

adjective

Very ambitious; extremely eager to succeed: He won't make it because he's not hungry enough

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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