hungry

adjective hun·gry \ ˈhəŋ-grē \

Definition of hungry

hungrier; hungriest
1 a :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
2 a :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

hungrily

play \ˈhəŋ-grə-lē\ adverb

hungriness

play \ˈhəŋ-grē-nəs\ noun

Examples of hungry in a Sentence

  1. There are millions of hungry people throughout the world.

  2. That girl is always hungry.

  3. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information.

  4. They were hungry to learn more.

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Origin and Etymology of hungry

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



HUNGRY Defined for English Language Learners

hungry

adjective

Definition of hungry for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HUNGRY Defined for Kids

hungry

adjective hun·gry \ ˈhəŋ-grē \

Definition of hungry for Students

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

hungrily

\-grə-lē\ adverb


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