Hungry meaning

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Hungry means wanting or needing to eat food.

An example of being hungry is to want to eat a meal, such as hungry for a burger.

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Experiencing a desire or need for food.
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Extremely desirous; avid.

Hungry for recognition.

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Lacking richness or fertility.

Hungry soil.

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(rare) Producing hunger.
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A hungry soil.

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The definition of hungry is craving something.

An example of hungry is to long for affection or love, such as hungry for love.

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Characterized by or expressing hunger or craving.

Hungry eyes.

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Feeling, having, or showing hunger.
  • Wanting or needing food.
  • Craving; eager.
    hungry for praise.
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Not fertile; barren.
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Experiencing a desire or need for food.
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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.

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(figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire ('appetite') for something.
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Origin of hungry

  • Middle English hungri from Old English hungrig from hungor hunger

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary