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"hungry" in British English

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hungryadjective

uk   /ˈhʌŋ.ɡri/  us   /ˈhʌŋ.ɡri/
  • hungry adjective (NEEDING FOOD)

A1 wanting or ​needingfood: By four o'clock I felt/was really hungry. The ​children are always hungry when they get ​home from ​school. There are too many hungry ​people (= ​people without enough to ​eat) in the ​world. She often goes hungry herself (= does not ​eat) so that her ​children can have enough to ​eat. Digging the ​garden is hungry work (= makes you ​feelhunger).

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hungrily
adverb uk   /ˈhʌŋ.ɡrəl.i/  us   /ˈhʌŋ.ɡrəl.i/
They ​sat down and ​ate hungrily. He ​looked at her hungrily (= ​showingdesire for her).

-hungrysuffix

uk   / -hʌŋ.ɡri/  us   / -hʌŋ.ɡri/
(Definition of hungry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hungry" in American English

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hungryadjective

 us   /ˈhʌŋ·ɡri/
  • hungry adjective (NEEDING FOOD)

feeling the need to ​eat because there has been a ​period of ​time when you have not ​eaten: The ​children are always hungry when they get ​home from ​school. They were ​poor and often went to ​bed hungry (= did not get enough to ​eat at ​night).
  • hungry adjective (EAGER)

having a ​strongdesire; ​eager: Kim is so hungry for ​success that she’ll do anything to ​achieve it.
(Definition of hungry from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"-hungry" in Business English

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-hungrysuffix

having a great need or wish for the ​stated thing: capital-/cash-/money-hungryenergy-/power-hungry The energy-hungry ​transportationsector was ​weak . Many of its ​investors had been expecting the acquisition-hungrybank to ​moveoverseas for its next ​bigdeal.

hungryadjective

uk   us   /ˈhʌŋɡri/
having a great need or wish for something: hungry for sth Analysts said ​investors were hungry for any ​information that could ​point the ​market in a direction. We need to ​attract fresh ​talent and show the ​world that we are hungry for ​success.
(Definition of -hungry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hungry”
in Arabic جائع…
in Korean 배고픈…
in Portuguese faminto…
in Catalan afamat…
in Japanese 飢えた, 飢餓状態の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 需要食物的, 饥饿的…
in Turkish aç, acıkmış…
in Russian голодный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 需要食物的, 饑餓的…
in Italian affamato…
in Polish głodny…
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