• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hungry (usually followed by `for') extremely desirous "athirst for knowledge","hungry for recognition","thirsty for informaton"
    • adj hungry feeling hunger; feeling a need or desire to eat food "a world full of hungry people"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
    • Hungry Feeling hunger; having a keen appetite; feeling uneasiness or distress from want of food; hence, having an eager desire.
    • Hungry Not rich or fertile; poor; barren; starved; as, a hungry soil. "The hungry beach."
    • Hungry Showing hunger or a craving desire; voracious. "The cruel, hungry foam.""Cassius has a lean and hungry look."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Australia, Burger King is called Hungry Jack's.
    • hungry Having or feeling hunger; feeling pain or uneasiness from want of food; having a keen appetite.
    • hungry Hence Having an eager desire for anything; longing.
    • hungry Indicating want or poverty of nourishment; gaunt; famished.
    • hungry Marked by scarcity of food or a famished condition; necessitating nourishment.
    • hungry Not rich or fertile; poor; barren.
    • hungry Fit only to satisfy great hunger.
    • hungry Stingy; mean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hungry having eager desire: greedy: lean: poor
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  • Richard Whately
    “Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.”
  • Jack London
    Jack London
    “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
  • Les Brown
    “You gotta be hungry!”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “A hungry man is not a free man.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.”
  • Dom H. Camara
    Dom H. Camara
    “When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.”


Hungry as a bear - If you are hungry as a bear, it means that you are really hungry.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hungrid,. See Hunger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hungor (n.), hyngran (v.); cf. Ger. hunger, Dut. honger, &c.


In literature:

Once or twice he passed in sight of cattle ranches, but he rode on without stopping, though he was hungry and weary.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Then he sighed as he remembered how hungry, how terribly hungry he had been.
"Mother West Wind "How" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
Oh, oh, Mass' George, I so dreffle hungry.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
I'm not so hungry as that!
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
How horribly hungry I am!
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Thus hour after hour passed by, until they all began to get hungry, when Desmond proposed going on shore and cooking some of their fish.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'd before felt somewhat hungry and thirsty, but till now never knew what real thirst was.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
Next morning I awoke, feeling much better, though very hungry.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not a human being was to be seen; every one of our shipmates had been engulfed by the hungry sea.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
There was plenty to eat in the canoes, but no one was hungry now.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

Dies away the children's laughter—
Hungry hearts are tame and still—
And the autumn's on the forest,
And the winter's on the hill.
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
He is a little deaf, no doubt,
But not deaf to the cries of hungry men,
No! he always tries to do his best
To procure bread for them.
"To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
Who does not feel desire unending
To solace through his daily strife,
With some mysterious Mental Blending,
The hungry loneliness of life?
"Adoration" by Laurence Hope
And something of your store impart,
To feed the poor and hungry soul;
What buys for you the needless tart,
May purchase him a needful roll.
"Moderation In Diet" by Charles Lamb
For three years there was no rain.
The people were hungry. What could they do?
The king said to Elijah, "Why do you
Cause so much trouble?"
"Elijah Proves Who The True God Is" by Doris Clore Demaree
Beneath this cool, refreshing shade,
The wretched quite forget their woes,
The hungry find the needed bread,
The weary wanderer, his repose.
"Kind Gentlemen And Ladies Fair" by David John Scott

In news:

The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals.
I recently read that "one in four Texas children was at risk of going hungry in 2010," according to a study released Monday by the charity organization Feeding America.
Bears host pre- hibernation party Hungry bears went on a rampage in several cabins on the north end of Lake Aleknagik near Dillingham over the last few weeks causing thousands of dollars of damage.
A friend and I had flown from Los Angeles to Aspen to check out restaurants, and within hours of our arrival we had a problem: we weren't hungry.
Turn on any Indian television station these days and you're likely to hear things like "Hungry kya".
Hocking County voters hungry for change.
GRAHAM — A barbecue and music event to raise money for the hungry and homeless, and recognize Purple Heart recipients from the area will be held at Bob Keen's Circle K Ranch Nov 3.
Are people more likely to make impulse purchases when they're hungry.
GRAHAM McMAMEE stood at a counter in a classroom kitchen at his school preparing lunch for a group of hungry toddlers.
The Iranian government fielded an impressive squad of angry, hungry, Jew-hating fanatics.
The days are getting shorter, nighttime temperatures have "cooled down" into the 60s, and I've been hungry for cozy comfort food like mashed potatoes and pot roast.
Troops hungry for home celebrate Thanksgiving.
Byer Runners' shadows are cast across J Street on a sunny Thursday morning as the 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry gets under way with the 5-kilometer race.
Poverello House Thanksgiving Feast More than A Meal for the Homeless and Hungry .
Chattanooga kitchen feeds hungry .

In science:

Unfortunately, TEXmacs is still quite power-hungry, and the amount of rendering functionality exported to Scheme was too small to build such a system on top of it for a long time (this may have changed by now).
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
We will construct a tau function solution for the hungry periodic discrete Toda equation (hpdToda).
Solution of the generalized periodic discrete Toda equation II; Theta function solution
Denote by TodaN ,M the hungry Toda system (1.1–1.3) associated with the positive integers N and M .
Solution of the generalized periodic discrete Toda equation II; Theta function solution
Examples are sudden changes in public opinion (e.g. from pro to anti-war mood, from a smoking tolerance to a public smoking ban, or from buying energy-hungry sport utilities vehicles (SUVs) to buying environmentally-friendly cars).
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
On the other hand, BSs in general, are power hungry elements.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges