hungry

adjective

hun·​gry ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio)
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 adverb
hungriness noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The United Nations has warned that over 1 million hungry Haitians, many of them children, are on the brink of famine as the seaport and airport remain closed, food prices skyrocket and aid distributions are disrupted by heavy gunfire. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 12 Apr. 2024 For Ukraine, the immediate concern is procuring enough ammunition to feed the hungry artillery pieces that can annihilate Russia’s human-wave assaults and supply the anti-aircraft systems that fend off the severe nightly attacks on its cities and infrastructure. Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 As head cook of Milwaukee’s only hot lunch program for the homeless and hungry, Lauren Baas spends most of her shift in the kitchen, preparing a meal for 100-plus people. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 Um Ihab’s husband spent his final days hungry, sleep-deprived, in pain and physically exhausted. Mohammad Al Sawalhi, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Line the bottoms with hardware cloth (not chicken wire) to exclude hungry gophers. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 With a massive island and white marble countertops, the kitchen is perfect for what Ree does best: cook for lots of hungry family members. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 Palestinian authorities say Israeli forces shot at hungry civilians; Israeli officials say most people were killed in a stampede. Lauren Weber, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Exhausted, hungry and sleep-deprived: UCLA student super-commuters search for relief. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hungry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hungry. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hungry

adjective
hun·​gry ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio)
hungrier; hungriest
1
: feeling or showing hunger
2
: eager, avid
hungry for all the details
hungrily adverb

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