British Slang For Hungry (10 Examples)

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Being hungry is an irritating feeling, and you get no job done. But, an empty stomach won’t impede learning new vocabulary. If you want a play with words to impress your friends and colleagues, we listed down 10 British slang for hungry you could use.

British Slang For Hungry (In Alphabetical Order)

Could eat a horse

  • Meaning:
  • (Expression) the expression “could eat a horse” describes a person who is very hungry, he could eat a large meal. This is an exaggerated expression and British slang for hungry. The expression is also widely used globally.
  • Example: The training was so tiring, I could eat a horse!



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) “Empty” means nothing inside. The word has become British slang for “hungry” because when you are hungry, your stomach is empty. Today, it’s a common term used in British countries.
  • Example: I’m empty, let’s get a full course meal.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) The word “famished” means that you have a desire to eat or a desire for food. It is commonly used as British slang for “hungry”. 
  • Example: Aren’t you famished after the long commute we just had?


Hank Marvin

  • Meaning:
  • (Expression) In the UK, “Mark Harvin” rhymes with “starving” because of the way the Brits pronounce the latter. Therefore, “Mark Harvin” has become a funny and witty British slang for “hungry”.
  • Example:  Let’s grab a bite to eat because I’m Mark Harvin.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) “Peckish” means just a bit hungry. This British slang is used when you want to eat but are not completely hungry. It’s common British slang for “hungry” in the UK.
  • Example: I might just get a drink because I’m just peckish.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) the word “ravenous” means you have a big appetite. This term is used as British slang for “hungry” and can is also used in countries like the US. 
  • Example: What a night full of activities! Now I’m feeling ravenous.


Rumbly in my tumbly

  • Meaning:
  • (Expression) The expression “rumbly in my tumbly” was first used in the children’s book Winnie the Pooh. today, it’s a funny expression and British slang for “hungry”. Some countries like the US use this expression as well.
  • Example: I could eat the whole cake for I’m rumbly in my tumbly.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) The word “starved” is mostly used to initiate you were hungry in the past. It is common British slang for “hungry” and is mostly used by younger people today. You can also hear Americans use this slang.
  • Example: I was starved to death the other night because there was no food in the house.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) “Starving” could mean you starve for perfection, or you are literally starving. Today, starving, just like starved, is common British slang for “hungry”. Usually, younger people often use this word.
  • Example: I hope this class ends soon because I’m starving.



  • Meaning:
  • (Adjective) The word ‘wolfish’ means you are hungry. It is an uncommon British term that only a few people use today. Wolfish is the same as hungry because wolves eat large amounts of food, and when you’re hungry, you feel like you can devour a whole chicken.
  • Example: I’m feeling wolfish already and it’s nowhere near lunch time!

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