From Middle English hungry, from Old English hungriġ, 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”).
- 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.
- Causing hunger
- All this gardening is hungry work.
- (figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire (‘appetite’) for something.
- the students are hungry to learn
- 1850, Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke, London: Chapman & Hall, Volume 2, Chapter 5, p. 56,
- They rowed her in across the rolling foam,
- The cruel, crawling foam,
- The cruel, hungry foam,
- To her grave beside the sea:
- c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene 2,
- Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
- Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
- a hungry soil
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- (Early ME) hungrig, hunngriȝ, houngrie
- hungrie, hungri, hungre, hungery, hongry, hungury, hungorie, hungrye
- Hungry or starving; afflicted by hunger or starvation.
- Voracious; having a great desire or compulsion to eat.
- Haggard, scrawny; shriveled due to hunger or starvation.
- (rare) Due to hunger; because of one's appetite.
- (rare) Desirous; wanting something to a great degree.
- (rare) Causing or producing hunger.
- (rare) Of earth; not productive.
- “hungrī(e, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-09-19.
- Those who are hungry, starving, or of little means.