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 (hungry), equivalent to hunger +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch hongerig (hungry), German hungrig (hungry), Swedish hungrig (hungry).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌŋ.ɡɹi/
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  • Homophone: Hungary (in some accents)

Adjective[edit]

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.
  3. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
    a hungry soil
    • c. 1607, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act V, Scene 3,[3]
      [] What is this?
      Your knees to me? to your corrected son?
      Then let the pebbles on the hungry beach
      Fillip the stars []

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English hungriġ, from Proto-Germanic *hungragaz; equivalent to hunger +‎ -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhunɡriː/, [ˈhuŋɡriː]

Adjective[edit]

hungry

  1. Hungry or starving; afflicted by hunger or starvation.
  2. Voracious; having a great desire or compulsion to eat.
  3. Haggard, scrawny; shriveled due to hunger or starvation.
  4. (rare) Due to hunger; because of one's appetite.
  5. (rare) Desirous; wanting something to a great degree.
  6. (rare) Causing or producing hunger.
  7. (rare) Of earth; not productive.

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hungry

  1. Those who are hungry, starving, or of little means.

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