Besides "I'm hungry" and "I'm starving", where starving is more than hungry, are there other phrases to indicate how hungry you are (including slangs, if any)?
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My own favourite is esurient. Other than that, ravenous and famished are both quite strong. Malnourished, undernourished, underfed indicate chronicity. Empty is used informally, as is peckish (which is British).
I guess this is more upper-class/formal, but you could say
I'm famished; I could eat an entire elephant.
You could also say, though I'm not sure how "idiomatic" this is:
My stomach is growling.
I sometimes say I'm peckish when I'm slightly hungry. It's not quite as strong as saying I'm famished or starving.
I've got the munchies!
Another couple to throw into the fire are:
Voracious, or covetous, as in:
A voracious, or covetous appetite
Or thinking in terms of slang that hasn't been mentioned, you could use dog-hungry.
These all really only count for the higher level of hunger, see: greed.
As far as slang goes, I have heard fungry, to mean 'f****ing hungry'. Of course, this is somewhat vulgar, so keep that in mind when using it.
Many idioms exist in this area. As mentioned, I could eat a horse, but there are more:
- I could eat an ox
- I could eat an ox between two bread vans
- I could eat the north end of a south bound bear
- I could eat a scabby donkey/dog
- Hungry as a bear
- My belly thinks my throat's been cut
For added emphasis, you also sometimes hear (in BritEng at least):
- Starving hungry
- Starving to death
More tongue in cheek:
- WANT FOOD NOW
- Desirous of imminent sustenance
I am so hungry; I could swallow a horse
I am so hungry; I could swallow a sheep
I am so hungry; I could swallow a hippo
I am so hungry; I could swallow a horse whole
I am so hungry; I could swallow a Big Mac :)
I'm so hungry I could eat a scabby donkey between six bread vans is another one, my mum uses it all the time.
I'm so hungry, I could eat a candy cane.