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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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 Her experience at the Brush Country Museum, located in the center of town, tells her the streets of Cotulla probably won’t be clogged with history-hungry tourists. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, "Bust Town Gamble," 7 Feb. 2020 Crops such as millet, sorghum and maize are a big part of their diet, making life even harder for the 12m or so people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia who are already hungry (see map). The Economist, "Severe swarms East Africa is reeling from an invasion of locusts," 1 Feb. 2020 Dabiri has also teamed up with researchers at Harvard University to build a less power-hungry jellyfish out of rat heart muscle cells. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 The story, at least as articulated by the Times, seems to reinforce what impeachment-hungry Democrats have been arguing for months. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "John Bolton's quest for vengeance and book sales," 27 Jan. 2020 Still, critics contend that stripping away the Roadless protections makes the Tongass vulnerable to an extraction-hungry administration. Plus, forest management plans can always be revised. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Tongass National Forest is a Wilderness on the Chopping Block," 16 Jan. 2020 These two young guns are hungry to win, unafraid of failure and anxious to get this show on the road. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Broncos’ Drew Lock no John Travolta, but with strong arm and two left feet, he’s dancing way into Phillip Lindsay’s heart," 22 Dec. 2019 Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In Even criminals get hungry. Fox News, "Restaurant thief cooks himself a meal before trashing cafe," 17 Dec. 2019 Harbaugh inherited a team of veterans hungry for success. Ann Killion,, "49ers awake to new reality, lofty expectations," 3 Feb. 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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21 Feb 2020

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“Hungry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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