noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\

: a very great need for food : a severe lack of food

: an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that is caused by the need for food

: a strong desire : a strong desire for something or to do something

Full Definition of HUNGER

a :  a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient
b :  an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food
c :  a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food
:  a strong desire :  craving <a hunger for success>
from hunger
:  very bad or inept <the jokes were from hunger — Mordecai Richler>

Examples of HUNGER

  1. She has been a leader in the fight against world hunger.
  2. One sandwich wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger.
  3. Her students have a genuine hunger for knowledge.

Origin of HUNGER

Middle English, from Old English hungor; akin to Old High German hungar hunger, Lithuanian kanka torture
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with HUNGER



: to have or feel a strong desire

hun·geredhun·ger·ing \-g(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of HUNGER

intransitive verb
:  to feel or suffer hunger
:  to have an eager desire
transitive verb
:  to make hungry

First Known Use of HUNGER

before 12th century


noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HUNGER

:  a craving, desire, or urgent need for food
:  an uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the lack of food and resulting directly from stimulation of the sensory nerves of the stomach by the contraction and churning movement of the empty stomach
:  a weakened disordered condition brought about by prolonged lack of food <die of hunger>


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