Definition of hungry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌŋɡri/

adjective (hungrier, hungriest)

1Feeling or showing the need for food: I was feeling ravenously hungry
More example sentences
  • At first glance, it seems outrageous that leaders would allow their people to go hungry rather than letting them eat GM food.
  • There are people in this world that go hungry because they don't have food and here we are, promoting the waste of it.
  • If you were short of a bit of food, your neighbours wouldn't see you go hungry.
ravenous, empty, hollow, faint from hunger;
starving, starved, famished, dying from hunger, deprived of food, half-starved, malnourished, undernourished, underfed
informal peckish, able to eat a horse, with one's stomach thinking one's throat's cut
rare sharp-set, esurient
1.1 [attributive] Causing hunger: I always find art galleries hungry work
1.2Having a strong desire or craving: a party hungry for power [in combination]: grasping, power-hungry individuals
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  • The next decade looks to be one that could be characterised by equally greedy shareholders hungry for dividends.
  • Each hold I would attach my fingers to would satisfy my craving while still leaving me hungry for more.
  • I have a real desire for jewellery and am hungry for success in the long term.
eager, keen, avid, longing, yearning, pining, aching, greedy, thirsting, with an appetite;
craving, desiring, desirous of, covetous of, hankering after, lusting after, in need of, in want of
informal itching, dying, gagging, hot, with a yen
archaic athirst



Pronunciation: /ˈhʌŋɡrɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • She had a hungriness to want to be in the studio all the time.
  • Experience, versatility, ability and a hungriness to do well are ingredients that I like in a player and he's got them all.
  • I thought the change would bring out their hungriness.


Old English hungrig, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hongerig, German hungrig, also to hunger.

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