What does hungry mean?

Definitions for hungry
ˈhʌŋ grihun·g·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hungryadjective

    feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food

    "a world full of hungry people"

  2. athirst(p), hungry(p), thirsty(p)adjective

    (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous

    "athirst for knowledge"; "hungry for recognition"; "thirsty for informaton"


  1. hungryadjective

    affected by hunger; desirous of food; having a physical need for food.

  2. hungryadjective

    eager, having an avid desire ('appetite') for something.

  3. Etymology: hungrig, from hungor 'hunger' (from the same).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hungryadjective

    Etymology: from hunger.

    That face of his the hungry cannibals
    Would not have touch’d, would not have stain’d with blood. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    They that talk thus may say that a man is always hungry, but that he does not always feel it; whereas hunger consists in that very sensation. John Locke.

    Cassius has a lean and hungry look. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    The more fat water will bear soap best; for the hungry water doth kill its unctuous nature. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    In rushy grounds springs are found at the first and second spit, and sometimes lower in a hungry gravel. John Mortimer.

    To this great day of retribution our Saviour refers us, for reaping the fruits that we here sow in the most hungry and barren soil. George Smalridge, Sermons.


  1. hungry

    Hunger is a sensation that motivates the consumption of food. The sensation of hunger typically manifests after only a few hours without eating and is generally considered to be unpleasant. Satiety occurs between 5 and 20 minutes after eating. There are several theories about how the feeling of hunger arises. The desire to eat food, or appetite, is another sensation experienced with regards to eating.The term hunger is also the most commonly used in social science and policy discussions to describe the condition of people who suffer from a chronic lack of sufficient food and constantly or frequently experience the sensation of hunger, and can lead to malnutrition. A healthy, well-nourished individual can survive for weeks without food intake (see fasting), with claims ranging from three to ten weeks.Satiety is the opposite of hunger; it is the sensation of feeling full.


  1. hungry

    Hungry can be defined as the state of physical or mental discomfort and desire for food caused by the need for nourishment. It is a feeling of emptiness or a lack of satisfaction that prompts a person to seek sustenance and engage in eating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hungry

    feeling hunger; having a keen appetite; feeling uneasiness or distress from want of food; hence, having an eager desire

  2. Hungry

    showing hunger or a craving desire; voracious

  3. Hungry

    not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved; as, a hungry soil

  4. Etymology: [AS. hungrid. See Hunger.]


  1. Hungry

    "Hungry" is a single released by the American glam metal/hard rock band Winger, from their album Winger. Released as a single in 1989, the song charted at No. 85 in the US. The B-side was "Poison Angel", taken from the same album. In the beginning of the music video, before the car crashes, the song "Headed for a Heartbreak" can be heard playing on the radio.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hungry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2834

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hungry' in Adjectives Frequency: #630

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hungry in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hungry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hungry in a Sentence

  1. Bestone Chisamile:

    That is why we're appealing to the international community to provide the necessary funding so that refugee families in Malawi do not go to bed hungry.

  2. Brad Pitt:

    I thought it would be better if they were younger guys that were just starting their lives, guys coming out of the academy, guys who were hungry. I thought I was too old for it.

  3. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation --must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.

  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

  5. Zack Weisfeld:

    We live in a power hungry world ... people are constantly chasing a power outlet. StoreDot has the potential to solve this real big problem, they still have some way to go, to deal with size of battery and power cycle rounds, but if solvable, it's a very big breakthrough.

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    • A. cazique
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