Definition of hungry in English:



  • 1Feeling or displaying the need for food.

    ‘I was feeling ravenously hungry’
    ‘children with hungry looks on their faces’
    • ‘Once again, the organization reports seeing more and more people who are hungry or at risk for hunger.’
    • ‘He can now recognise when he is hungry and cry for food.’
    • ‘This shouldn't be a problem if you eat only when hungry and only enough to satisfy your hunger.’
    • ‘Anyhow, this talk about food is getting me hungry.’
    • ‘I wasn't hungry for more, but had to try one more breakfast item before heading out to work.’
    • ‘Eventually she started to feel hungry, so I took her out to dinner at her favourite Indian restaurant around here.’
    • ‘I've known people who would rather go hungry than dine on their own.’
    • ‘The philosophy is that some smells will stop you from feeling hungry.’
    • ‘At first glance, it seems outrageous that leaders would allow their people to go hungry rather than letting them eat GM food.’
    • ‘That child knew that no one in her country deserves to go hungry.’
    • ‘We found ourselves ravenously hungry after the day's hard traveling and setting up camp in the strong winds.’
    • ‘I know that without help, people in much worse circumstances than I will go hungry.’
    • ‘Disturbances arose not so much when people were hungry as when they saw an opportunity to alleviate their hunger.’
    • ‘There are people in this world that go hungry because they don't have food and here we are, promoting the waste of it.’
    • ‘Now she was hungry, but it wasn't the kind of hunger ordinary food could satisfy.’
    • ‘People go hungry because they are poor and can't afford to buy food, not because of a global food shortage.’
    • ‘Aid workers trying to hand out food were mobbed by hungry people, some of whom haven't eaten in five days.’
    • ‘If you were short of a bit of food, your neighbours wouldn't see you go hungry.’
    • ‘She pawed at my leg, telling me that her food bowl was empty and she was hungry.’
    • ‘This wasn't helped by me being tired and hungry, but too tired to do anything about the hunger.’
    1. 1.1attributive Causing hunger.
      ‘I always find art galleries hungry work’
    2. 1.2 Having a strong desire or craving.
      ‘he was hungry for any kind of excitement’
      in combination ‘grasping, power-hungry individuals’
      • ‘They are hungry for knowledge about the art form, eager to meet the artists and find out who they are.’
      • ‘Now he was hungry for intellectual growth, and he wanted to write about his experiences.’
      • ‘Each hold I would attach my fingers to would satisfy my craving while still leaving me hungry for more.’
      • ‘India was desperately hungry for international cricket in those days, but foreign teams were not keen to come here.’
      • ‘He can hardly enter a room or alight from a car without a press posse descending, hungry for a photo or off-the-cuff remark.’
      • ‘A few search engines, hungry for cash, accepted money from websites in exchange for placing the sites in search results.’
      • ‘It may be a case of adults and school administrators hungry for control in an easy to achieve, visible way.’
      • ‘The aim of this interview is to make me hungry for the job, demanding and keen.’
      • ‘Players seemingly were hungry for a game as there was a large turnout.’
      • ‘All those on the leading edge, not just designers, become hungry for alternatives.’
      • ‘The queue for this exhibition coiled round the cathedral square - not tourists, but Milanese hungry for culture.’
      • ‘Politics attracts a certain type of guy: the narcissistic showman, hungry for attention and holding centre stage.’
      • ‘The world is hungry for Scotland's contemporary art and our artists and institutions are brimming with confidence.’
      • ‘If you are hungry for knowledge and entertainment at a price that does not pinch your pocket, then be there at the exhibition.’
      • ‘The Waterford team lifted their game and were hungry for another goal.’
      • ‘Right from the start he was very up for it, keen to get on with the lads and hungry for success, and he has integrated really well.’
      • ‘The next decade looks to be one that could be characterised by equally greedy shareholders hungry for dividends.’
      • ‘The world is consuming vast amounts of energy, and it's hungry for even more.’
      • ‘I have a real desire for jewellery and am hungry for success in the long term.’
      • ‘She acts, she directs, she collects objets, she throws diva fits and she never disappoints a press hungry for diva behaviour.’


Old English hungrig, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hongerig, German hungrig, also to hunger.