from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Experiencing a desire or need for food.
  • adj. Extremely desirous; avid: hungry for recognition.
  • adj. Characterized by or expressing hunger or craving: hungry eyes.
  • adj. Lacking richness or fertility: hungry soil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. affected by hunger; desirous of food; having a physical need for food.
  • adj. eager, having an avid desire ('appetite') for something.
  • adj. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feeling hunger; having a keen appetite; feeling uneasiness or distress from want of food; hence, having an eager desire.
  • adj. Showing hunger or a craving desire; voracious.
  • adj. Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or feeling hunger; feeling pain or uneasiness from want of food; having a keen appetite.
  • Hence Having an eager desire for anything; longing.
  • Indicating want or poverty of nourishment; gaunt; famished.
  • Marked by scarcity of food or a famished condition; necessitating nourishment.
  • Not rich or fertile; poor; barren.
  • Fit only to satisfy great hunger.
  • Stingy; mean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous
  • adj. feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food


Middle English hungri, from Old English hungrig, from hungor, hunger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hungrig, from hungor 'hunger' (from the same). (Wiktionary)


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