hungry

[huhng-gree]
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:
before 950; Middle English, Old English hungrig. See hunger, -y1

hungrily, adverb
hungriness, noun

Hungary, hungry (see synonym study at the current entry).


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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hungry (ˈhʌŋɡrɪ)
 
adj (foll by for) , -grier, -griest
1.  desiring food
2.  experiencing pain, weakness, or nausea through lack of food
3.  having a craving, desire, or need (for)
4.  expressing or appearing to express greed, craving, or desire
5.  lacking fertility; poor
6.  informal (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  greedy; grasping
 b.  stingy; mean
7.  (NZ) (of timber) dry and bare
 
'hungrily
 
adv
 
'hungeringly
 
adv
 
'hungriness
 
n

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Example sentences
Wild animals come to us when they are hungry or starving or they have dropped
  out of their nest and they need food.
When you're tired and hungry between meals, it's probably because your blood
  sugar level is low.
If words were food, nobody would go hungry.
You've got to be hungry to succeed as an entrepreneur.
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