Definition of hungry adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌŋɡri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌŋɡri//
    (hungrier, hungriest) Healthy eating habits
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  1. 1  feeling that you want to eat something I'm really hungry. She wasn't feeling very hungry. Is anyone getting hungry? All this talk of food is making me hungry. I have a hungry family to feed. See related entries: Healthy eating habits
  2. 2  not having enough food to eat Thousands are going hungry because of the failure of this year's harvest.
  3. 3the hungry noun [plural] people who do not have enough food to eat
  4. 4[only before noun] causing you to feel that you want to eat something All this gardening is hungry work.
  5. 5  hungry (for something) having or showing a strong desire for something Both parties are hungry for power. power-hungry The child is simply hungry for affection. His eyes had a wild hungry look in them.
  6. Word OriginOld English hungrig, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hongerig, German hungrig, also to hunger.Extra examples We were all ravenously hungry after the walk. the number of children who have to go hungry His eyes had a wild, hungry look in them. I’m really hungry. There were eight hungry mouths to feed at home. They’ve compiled a list of the ten most power-hungry companies in the country. Thousands are going hungry because of the failure of this year’s harvest. We like to use small agencies that are hungry for our business.
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