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[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:
hungry land.
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
desiring food
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


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