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    Smile Usage of 'peckish'

    Hi! According to the difinition of Cambridge Dictionaries Online as the quote below, 'peckish' refers to 'slightly hungry'. But why is there a 'rather' to qualify 'peckish' in the example sentence? I think 'rather peckish' means very hungry, and it is paradoxical to its definition.

    peckish adjective UK

    slightly hungry:

    By ten o'clock I was feeling rather peckish, even though I'd had a large breakfast.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    And why is there a 'mite' to qualify 'peckish' in the following sentence? Is 'mite' redundant?

    Hey, Simpson. I'm feeling a mite peckish
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    Re: Usage of 'peckish'

    In both case the adjective modifies "peckish" to suggest slight hunger. It is quite usual. "Peckish" should be regarded as just meaning hungry.

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    Smile Re: Usage of 'peckish'

    Thank you, Anglika.

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