[huhng-gree] /ˈhʌŋ gri/
adjective, hungrier, hungriest.
having a desire, craving, or need for food; feeling .
indicating, characteristic of, or characterized by :
He approached the table with a hungry look.
strongly or eagerly desirous.
lacking needful or desirable elements; not fertile; poor:
marked by a scarcity of food:
The depression years were hungry times.
Informal. aggressively ambitious or competitive, as from a need to overcome poverty or past defeats:
a hungry investment firm looking for wealthy clients.
adjective -grier, -griest
experiencing pain, weakness, or nausea through lack of food
(postpositive) foll by for. having a craving, desire, or need (for)
expressing or appearing to express greed, craving, or desire
lacking fertility; poor
(Austral & NZ, informal)
(NZ) (of timber) dry and bare
Old English hungrig “hungry, famished;” see hunger + -y (2). Cf. Old Frisian hungerig, Dutch hongerig, German hungrig. Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Hungrily.
Very ambitious; extremely eager to succeed: He won’t make it because he’s not hungry enough
- Hungry ghost
noun in Buddhism, a supernatural being filled with more desire than it can consume Examples The hungry ghost is often depicted with large belly and tiny mouth, a metaphor for people futilely attempting to fulfill their illusory physical desires.
- Hungry programmers
body A group of programmers producing free software. (http://hungry.com/). (1995-03-20)
- Hungry puppy
Synonym slopsucker. [Jargon File]
- Hungry viewkit
operating system, library A C++ class library for developing Motif application programs (although this restriction will be lifted once LessTif is finished). It follows the API of the Iris(tm) ViewKit, put out by SGI. The Hungry ViewKit is a superset of the Iris ViewKit, so any code developed for the Iris version will work with […]