hungry Definition

  • 1needing or wanting food
  • 2having a strong desire or craving for something

Using hungry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hungry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse.

  • Example

    The children were hungry after playing outside all day.

  • Example

    She had a hungry look in her eyes when she saw the cake.

  • Example

    The market is hungry for new technology.

hungry Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with hungry

  • to not have enough food to eat


    Many people in the world go hungry every day.

  • when someone is very hungry, they are unable to concentrate on anything else


    I can't think about anything until I eat. A hungry stomach has no ears.

  • feed one's hunger

    to satisfy one's desire or craving for something


    She went to the store to feed her hunger for chocolate.

Origins of hungry

from Old English 'hungrian', meaning 'to be hungry'


Summary: hungry in Brief

The term 'hungry' [ˈhʌŋɡri] describes a need or desire for food, as well as a strong craving for something. It can be used to describe physical hunger, as in 'The children were hungry after playing outside all day,' or metaphorical hunger, as in 'The market is hungry for new technology.' Phrases like 'go hungry' and 'a hungry stomach has no ears' emphasize the intensity of hunger, while 'feed one's hunger' refers to satisfying a craving.

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