hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

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Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungrily (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungriness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
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Recent Examples on the Web As cancellations stack up, virtual alternatives have emerged in their stead, offering not only outlets for fans stuck at home and hungry for entertainment but also a glimpse at the future. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Is This Real Life? E-Racing Takes the Wheel," 16 May 2020 That going to bed just feeling just a little hungry was success. Olivia Muenter, Glamour, "I Refuse to Let My Wedding Be a Weight Loss Goal," 13 May 2020 With movie theaters closed, parties postponed and events canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, Alaskans hungry for social interaction are turning to a handful of temporary drive-in theaters across the state. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "In Juneau and Anchorage, pop-up drive-in movies are offering the only show in town," 10 May 2020 The fourth season of the show hasn't even aired on Netflix yet, and audiences are already hungry for information about a fifth. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About 'Workin' Moms' Season 5 so Far," 4 May 2020 Josh said his dad is hungry to get back to coaching at a small charter school. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Tommy Brittain, son Josh, hired to be co-head football coaches at Chandler Prep," 4 May 2020 Tyson and Smithfield executives have shareholders hungry for dividends, and the current governmental position seems to be that if a few thousand workers and their family members have to die for those dividends, so be it. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Give Me Meat and Give Them Death," 29 Apr. 2020 Louisville Courier Journal With gamblers hungry for action and starving for live sports, the few racetracks still operating have been handling record wagers. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "'We've got to get horse racing going': Kentucky Senate leader lobbies for racing to resume," 14 Apr. 2020 The drama over whether UFC 249 would go ahead has caught the imagination of sports fans and journalists hungry for the fight after a wave of cancellations left the sporting world on pause. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Stand down': Disney and ESPN asked Dana White to scrap UFC 249 days before tribal lands bout," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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The first known use of hungry was before the 12th century

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29 May 2020

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“Hungry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hungry

: suffering because of a lack of food : greatly affected by hunger
: having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food : feeling hunger
: feeling a strong desire or need for something or to do something


hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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