Is there any adjective that means satiety? When you feel hunger you say I'm hungry, what you say when you feel satiety? I know some people say "I'm full". But I wonder if there is a more formal alternative?


I believe you're looking for the term satiated.

He was hungry. Now he is satiated.

She ate a bit off all the plates in front of her until she was satiated.

You're probably less likely to hear this in casual conversation. I think of it as being almost more of a medical term, though others can step in if that's regional.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the noun form, satiety, as:

1: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity : surfeit, fullness

2: the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

  • what about sated instead of satiated? – PHPst Apr 2 '18 at 12:00
  • I've never heard nor seen that word before, though it seems to be a synonym for satiated. – RJ Cuthbertson Apr 2 '18 at 13:54

If you're just looking for antonyms for hungry, you could use any of the following:

I'm stuffed.

I'm full.

I'm satisfied.

Of course, there are other ways to let someone know that you're done eating, such as:

I couldn't eat another bite.

That meal was delicious.

  • 2
    I'm surprised to not see "sated," especially since a more formal term was requested. – Chemomechanics Apr 1 '18 at 23:24

More generally, the opposite of feeling hungry would be being well-fed:

If you say that someone is well-fed, you mean that they get good food regularly.


I never felt hungry when I was growing up. I was always well-fed.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.