Definition of “hungry” - English Dictionary

“hungry” in British English

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hungryadjective

uk /ˈhʌŋ.ɡri/ us /ˈhʌŋ.ɡri/

hungry adjective (NEEDING FOOD)

A1 wanting or needing food:

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 feel hunger).

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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 (= showing desire 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 strong desire; 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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having a great need or wish for the stated thing:

capital-/cash-/money-hungry
energy-/power-hungry The energy-hungry transportation sector was weak .
Many of its investors had been expecting the acquisition-hungry bank to move overseas for its next big deal.

hungryadjective

uk /ˈhʌŋɡri/ us

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)