From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhungryhun‧gry /ˈhʌŋɡri/ ●●●S2 adjective (comparative hungrier, superlative hungriest)1HUNGRY/WANT TO EATwanting to eat something → thirstyI was cold, tired, and hungry.If you get hungry, there’s some cold chicken in the fridge.Do you still feel hungry?2HUNGRY/STARVINGill or weak as a result of not having enough to eat for a long timeWe can’t justify wasting food when half the world is hungry.3 →go hungry4WANTwanting or needing something very much syn eagerhungry forShe is hungry for success.hungry to do somethingStan was hungry to learn.5 →the hungry6 →power-hungry/news-hungry etcTHESAURUSwanting to eathungry wanting to eat somethingWe were really hungry after our long walk.It’s hard work cooking for a bunch of hungry kids.peckish [not before noun] British English informal a little hungryI’m feeling a bit peckish. What’s in the fridge?starving/ravenous /ˈrævənəs/ (also starved American English) [not before noun] spoken very hungry and wanting to eat as soon as possibleI missed lunch and I’m absolutely starving.Sam’s always ravenous when he gets home from school.famished very hungry. Famished is less common and sounds a little more formal than starving or ravenousEveryone was famished by the time they arrived.I could eat a horse! spoken used to say that you are very hungry‘Are you hungry?’ ‘Yeah, I could eat a horse.’appetite the desire for food that you have when you are hungryExercise usually gives me an appetite.It’s healthy to have a good appetite.ill because of lack of foodhungry ill or weak because of not having enough to eatterrible pictures of hungry children in Africastarving not having had enough food for a long time and likely to die soon without foodBecause of the drought, millions of people were starving.the starving refugees from the warmalnourished formalunhealthy and thin because you have not had the right kinds of food over a long period of timeAccording to the report, one-fifth of the world’s population are malnourished.malnourished infants
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hungry• That bird looks lost and hungry.• If the cropsfail again this year thousands of people will go hungry.• We were really hungry after our long walk.• America's cities have hundreds of hungry and homeless people.• At first we were very hungry and more energetic.• a hungrybaby• Evidently she had noticed that I was hungry, because she urged me severaltimes to eat.• Those were hungry days, and the Fawcetts shared the spoils.• Are you hungry? Do you want a sandwich?• He was hungry for something, but did not know that.• I'm hungry - I didn't get any lunchtoday.• My children are hungry, I need a job.• The fainthope he had offeredshrivelled and died in the heat of the hungry, leapingflames.• For certain she would be hungry, like me.• Hungry people crowded around the reliefwagon for food.• She was cross with herself, and she was also very hungry, she'd had nothing much all day.• Hungryshopperswaited in line at the food counters.get hungry• Is it lunchtime yet? I'm getting hungry.• There's some coldchicken in the fridge if you get hungry.• On that particular Sunday my chaplain wouldn't shut up and I was getting hungry.• But remember, most people get hungry again about four hours after a moderatemeal.• I was getting hungry and frustrated because I hadn't been able to enjoy any of it.• How could anyone know that Wetherby was going to get hungry and go down to the kitchen for some cheese?• Eventually, he would get hungry and have to eat.• He knew that the young eagle would get hungry and would need food.• When you get hungry, call.• Whenever I get hungry now I think of Vineria.hungry to do something• The Who dont need the money, but they are hungry to be relevant.• There are hundreds of pianistshungry to become the next Horowitz or the next Kissin.• I was hungry to do it.• It helps not to be hungry to enjoy this tidbit, since the flavors are meant to be savored.• It was the only occasion I sawinside and it made me hungry to go again.• I went straight to Ralemberg's house, hungry to see the ever-smiling Agnes.• Although Frankie had been dozing, he was too hungry tosleep for more than a few minutes at a time.• Sara did not reply; she was too hungry tospare any attention from her food.