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Hangry is a new word, added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015. We will examine the meaning of the word hangry, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Hangry describes the state of being irritable because of hunger. It is a portmanteau of the words hungry and angry. A portmanteau is a word that is composed by blending the sounds and the meanings of two different words. The earliest known use of the word hangry was by Rebecca Camu in her short story A Splinter of Glass, published in 1992. The internet has popularized the use of the word hangry, which is an adjective. Becoming hangry is most probably due to a drop in glucose in the bloodstream when one is in need of sustenance. Thinking and completion of simple tasks becomes more difficult and frustration levels rise, which increases the likelihood of becoming hangry.


Anyone who’s been ‘hangry’ knows how much hunger pangs can turn even the sunniest of moods into a grump, but the budget airline has put together a brand new menu serving up a mood-enhancing feast. (The Mirror)

You can tell what I’m thinking by looking at my face, tell when I’m getting hangry when I go quiet, and tell my favorite things as they pop up, over and over again. (Bon Appetit Magazine)

Because of these diets, the better part of my 20s was spent being “hangry,” and despite that, the weight continued to creep up. (The Montreal Gazette)

This, of course, only lasts until Trump reveals some new and awful bigoted policy change that seemingly exists exclusively to hurt a minority group, or until he insults a world leader for no reason, or until he’s hangry one night and McDonald’s is closed so his only choice is to go on an unhinged Twitter rant. (GQ Magazine)

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