EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

hungry (comparative hungrier, superlative hungriest)

  1. Affected by hunger; having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food.
    Synonyms: famished, peckish, starving
    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
    young and hungry
  4. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
    a hungry soil

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhunɡriː/, [ˈhuŋɡriː]

AdjectiveEdit

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.

DescendantsEdit

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

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NounEdit

hungry

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

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