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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Experiencing a desire or need for food.
  • adjective Extremely desirous; avid.
  • adjective Characterized by or expressing hunger or craving.
  • adjective Lacking richness or fertility.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hungri, from Old English hungrig, from hungor, hunger.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English hungrig, from hungor 'hunger' (from the same).

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