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; having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach because you need food.
- Causing hunger.
- All this gardening is hungry work.
- (figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire (‘appetite’) for something.
- the students are hungry to learn
- young and hungry
- 2022 November 23, Hadley Freeman, “Like a cinema virgin: how Madonna went stratospheric making Desperately Seeking Susan”, in The Guardian:
- It’s an astonishing roll call of future talent from when they were still young and hungry in Manhattan.
- Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
- a hungry soil
- c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- […] 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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- (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.