Ways To Say I’m Hungry in English

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Learn 10 ways to say ‘I’m hungry’ in English. This English lesson is great for students who already know some English and want to improve their vocabulary.

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Ways To Say I’m Hungry in English

So this is an advanced English lesson, and we’re going to talk about different ways to say you’re hungry.

We’ll look at it from a few angles:

1. when you’re a little hungry

which is a polite way of saying it

2. when you’re very hungry

and really have an appetite;

3. and when you’re extremely hungry,

like you’re starving.

So, I have ten expressions to share with you about describing hunger. Let’s go through them.

I’m peckish 🇬🇧

Meaning: feeling slightly hungry

Examples: 

I’m a little peckish. I don’t want much, just something small. Perhaps a handful of nuts or some fruit.

Around mid-afternoon, I started feeling peckish, so I grabbed an apple.

I could have a nibble

Meaning: you’re slightly hungry and interested in eating a small snack

Examples:

As I passed the kitchen, I thought, ‘I could have a nibble,’ and took a biscuit from the plate.

Not really hungry, but I could have a nibble. Do you have any snacks?

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I fancy a bite to eat

Meaning: you’re feeling slightly hungry and want something light or not too heavy

Examples:

I fancy a bite to eat; how about grabbing a cup of coffee and a sandwich?

After the meeting, I fancy a bite to eat. Maybe a cup of coffee and a snack would be nice.

I’m starving

Meaning: an exaggerated way to say that you’re very hungry, much more than just a little

Examples: 

After finishing an intense workout at the gym, I was starving. I couldn’t wait to get home and have a big meal.

I am starving, I haven’t eaten all day. Let’s have dinner now.

I’m Hank Marvin 🇬🇧

Meaning: Cockney rhyming slang to say you’re very hungry

Examples: 

After that long hike, I’m Hank Marvin; can we stop for lunch soon?

I missed breakfast this morning, and now I’m Hank Marvin. Is there anywhere nearby we can grab a bite?

I’m Hank Marvin; I’d really like something to eat.

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I could eat a horse

Meaning: you’re extremely hungry, indicating a strong appetite or need for a substantial amount of food

Examples:

Sitting in this meeting, all I can think is I could eat a horse. I haven’t had anything to eat all day.

After the marathon, I was so exhausted and hungry, I could eat a horse.

Finishing up the exam, I realised I hadn’t eaten since morning. I could eat a horse right about now.

I’m famished

Meaning: you’re really hungry, more than just a little; it means you feel like you need to eat soon

Examples:

I’m famished. I don’t think I’ve eaten since breakfast. Let’s find something to eat now.

I’m famished, and on a cold day like this, a nice bowl of soup would be perfect.

I’m ravenous

Meaning: you’re super hungry, more than usual; it’s like you really need to eat something right away

Examples: 

The kids were ravenous when they got home from their school trip, looking for something to eat right away.

After skipping lunch to finish my project, I’m ravenous and can’t wait to have dinner.

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My stomach is growling/rumbling

Meaning: you hear noises from your belly because you’re very hungry

Examples:

My stomach’s growling so loudly; I’m craving a hot, filling meal right now.

My stomach has been rumbling for hours. I could really do with a good meal.

I’m dying for

Meaning: you really want to eat something because you’re very hungry

Examples: 

I haven’t eaten all day; by the time I get home, I’ll be dying for a burger and chips.

I’m dying for a pizza, I have been on a diet for several weeks.

So here are 10 ways to say ‘I’m hungry’ in English. Let me give them to you one more time:

  • I’m peckish 
  • I could have a nibble
  • I fancy a bite to eat
  • I’m starving
  • I’m Hank Marvin
  • I could eat a horse
  • I’m famished
  • I’m ravenous
  • My stomach is growling/rumbling
  • I’m dying for

To practice these English expressions, try using them with your friends. See if they feel the same way and listen to how they talk about what they’re going to eat.

If you need extra help, feel free to contact me at www.englishlessonbyskype.com. I’m happy to assist with more expressions and phrases.

That’s it for now. Thanks for listening and watching. As always, I look forward to our next lesson.

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more information

For more information on English grammar rules, English collocations and English idioms, check out the links below:

Advanced Speaking Expressions

Must-Have Phrases for Online Meetings

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