Language tip of the week: hungry

Posted by on January 30, 2014

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This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying hungry:

peckish quite hungry: used especially to talk about feeling hungry when it is not a mealtime:
I often start to feel a bit peckish around mid-morning.
starving or starved (informal) very hungry and wanting to eat immediately:
Have you got any bread? I’m starving!
ravenous extremely hungry, especially because you have not eaten for a long time or you have been doing a lot of physical work:
The children are always ravenous after swimming practice.
famished extremely hungry, especially because you have not eaten for a long time:
Can we order now? I’m famished.

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