hungry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hungry, from Old English hungriġ, hungreġ (hungry, famishing; meager), from Proto-Germanic *hungragaz, *hungrugaz (hungry), equivalent to hunger +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch hongerig (hungry), German hungrig (hungry), Swedish hungrig (hungry).

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hungry (comparative hungrier, superlative hungriest)

  1. Affected by hunger; desiring of food; having a physical need for food.
    My kids go to bed hungry every night because I haven't got any money.
  2. (figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire ('appetite') for something.
    • Charles Kingsley
      The cruel, hungry foam.
    • Shakespeare
      Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
  3. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
    a hungry soil
    • Shakespeare
      The hungry beach.

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