hungry
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈhʌŋ.ɡɹi/
Adjective

hungry (comparative hungrier, superlative hungriest)

  1. 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.
  2. (figuratively) Eager, having an avid desire (‘appetite’) for something.
    • 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:
    • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play), Act I, Scene 2,
      Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
  3. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.
    a hungry soil
    • circa 1607 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act V, Scene 3,
      […] 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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