han·​gry ˈhaŋ-grē How to pronounce hangry (audio)
hangrier; hangriest
informal : irritable or angry because of hunger
To his credit, he knows not to drive while hangry.Genevieve Scarano
… junk foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Ultimately, they may leave you feeling hangrier.Amanda Salis
As it turns out, being hangry–so hungry that you become angry–could be ruining your relationship and causing you to fight with your significant other.Krystal Vivian

Examples of hangry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Curtain calls James Otway was a 17th-century English playwright who fell upon hard times, and eventually found himself on the streets, begging for food (and probably pretty hangry). Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2023 Definitely hit the spot after a hangry drive home. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2023 Humans aren’t the only animals who feel hangry. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 Even outside Keene’s lab, the caterpillars are probably getting hangry. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer MacCormack, Discover Magazine, 12 June 2018

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Word History


blend of hungry and angry

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hangry was in 1918

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“Hangry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hangry. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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