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adj. hun·gri·er, hun·gri·est
1. Experiencing a desire or need for food.
2. Extremely desirous; avid: hungry for recognition.
3. Characterized by or expressing hunger or craving: hungry eyes.
4. Lacking richness or fertility: hungry soil.

[Middle English hungri, from Old English hungrig, from hungor, hunger.]

hun′gri·ly adv.
hun′gri·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hungriness - a physiological need for foodhungriness - a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
drive - a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
bulimia - pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions)
emptiness - having an empty stomach
edacity, esurience, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity - excessive desire to eat
famishment, starvation - a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
malnourishment, undernourishment - not having enough food to develop or function normally
2.hungriness - prolonged unfulfilled desire or needhungriness - prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
hankering, yen - a yearning for something or to do something
pining - a feeling of deep longing
wishfulness - an unrealistic yearning
wistfulness - a sadly pensive longing
nostalgia - longing for something past
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment - a longing for something better than the present situation
3.hungriness - strong desire for something (not food or drink); "a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
desire - an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
hungur, svengd


(ˈhaŋgə) noun
1. the desire for food. A cheese roll won't satisfy my hunger.
2. the state of not having enough food. Poor people in many parts of the world are dying of hunger.
3. any strong desire. a hunger for love.
(usually with for) to long for (eg affection, love).
ˈhungry adjective
wanting or needing food etc. a hungry baby; I'm hungry – I haven't eaten all day; He's hungry for adventure.
ˈhungrily adverb
ˈhungriness noun
hunger strike
a refusal to eat, as a form of protest or to force (someone) to agree to certain demands etc. The prisoners went on hunger strike as a protest against prison discipline.
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The conquistadores and the historical experience of Cortes (who conquered and took control of the Aztec kingdom), Alvarado (who did the same in Central America), and Pissarro (who conquered the Inca empire), with their irrational behavior and violent praxis and their undisciplined hungriness for conquest and warrior mentality, seemed to have been animated by a senseless passion for destruction and were simply incompatible with Modernity, as was the Inquisition mindset of friars and priests, which landed with them on the sandy beaches in America and Asia.
I was feeling tired and hungry but as we approached the site, my tiredness and hungriness evaporated at once and I started to explore the place due to its enchanting beauty.
But when he adds, "I think there's a hungriness here," we all understand why.