I’m so hungry i could eat a horse: Meaning, synonyms & origin + 9 example sentences

What does “I am so hungry I could eat a horse” mean?

“I am so hungry I could eat a horse” means to feel insatiably starving or to be hungry. The idiom is used to refer to an empty stomach and it is used to express the desire for food. The idiom has the connotative meaning of being peckish, hunger, and need for food, appetite and to express the feelings, cravings, love, eagerness and the yearning for food.

9 examples of how to use “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” in a sentence

  • Let’s go to the café, I am so hungry I could eat a horse. I want to buy some burgers, pizza, salad and fries.
  • You have done a lot of work today and I now that you are so hungry, you could eat a horse today.
  • Whenever I used to go home, my mother knows that I would be so hungry and I could eat a horse. She used to cook delicious dishes for me.
  • I could not bear this boring lecture further and I am so hungry I could eat a horse; let’s bunk the class Michael!
  • She seems so hungry and I think that she is able to eat a horse; let’s serve her with some delicious noodles.
  • I am so hungry I could eat a horse but there is nothing in the refrigerator! I have to wait for her and I know she will bring something to eat.
  • Don’t cry my son, I know you are hungry and you could east a horse today: I have ordered a pizza for you.
  • Mom, I am so hungry I could eat a horse; is there anything to eat? Yes! I have ordered some burgers, pizza, salad and a roasted turkey for you.
  • After gym; I feel like I am so hungry and I could eat a horse! You are right Sam, I also feel like that. Let’s eat something.
  • Tomorrow I will eat my lunch with you, but remember at that time I might be so hungry I could eat a horse.
  • I have heard that the café in our next street if offering free lunch; let’s go there, I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
  • I am so hungry I could eat a horse; kindly check it, what’s in today’s menu!
  • I shall be very thankful to you if you bring something to eat, because I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
  • I can’t sleep because I am so hungry I could eat a horse.
  • Playing a game before the dinner is very helpful for digestion; you will feel so hungry even you could eat a horse.
  • I know you are so hungry and even you could eat a horse; let’s go to the restaurant.

The origin of “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

The idiom’s origin is uncertain, but it has been noticed in the English language since the nineteenth century. It’s safe to assume that it has something to do with the fact that a horse is a massive animal. And if it is not something you would like to eat, if you are desperate enough, you will be compelled to. The first recorded use of the idiom dates from 1824. It was written in Tobias George Smollett’s “Tobias Smollett’s Miscellaneous Works.”

“For I be so hoongry, I could eat a horse behind the saddle.”

Some evidences from Walter Scott, Guy Mannering; or, The Gipsey’s Prophecy (1815):

“Gipsey Girl. I’m sure, gentlemen, you’ll excuse us; we are not accustom’d to see the like of you; but if there is anything that you would take—

Dinmont. Can there be anything we won’t take, my dear? For I have not taken meat or drink this four or five hours, and the cold blast on the hills has given me such an appetite, that, as the Yorkshire-man says, “I cou’d eat a horse behind the saddle.”

Synonyms for “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

Hungry, desire for food, appetite, need for food, empty stomach, starving

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