hungry

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hungry, from Old English hungriġ, hungreġ, hyngriġ, from Proto-West Germanic *hungrug, from Proto-Germanic *hungrugaz (hungry); equivalent to hunger +‎ -y. Cognate with West Frisian hongerich (hungry), Dutch hongerig (hungry), German hungrig (hungry), Swedish hungrig (hungry), Icelandic hungraður (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; such as a person's stomach rumbling, growling or grumbling.
    My kids go to bed hungry every night because I haven't got much money for food.
    I wake up very hungry and made some toast.
  2. Causing hunger
    All this gardening is hungry work.
  3. (figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire (‘appetite’) for something.
    the students are hungry to learn
  4. 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.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: hungry
  • Scots: hungry
  • Yola: hungree

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Noun[edit]

hungry

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

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