Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

thirst

play
noun \ˈthərst\

Simple Definition of thirst

  • : an uncomfortable feeling that is caused by the need for something to drink

  • : a very great need for something to drink

  • : a strong desire for something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thirst

  1. 1a :  a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids; also :  the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensationb :  a desire or need to drink

  2. 2 :  an ardent desire :  craving, longing <a thirst for success>

Examples of thirst in a sentence

  1. <his thirst for knowledge is evident in his book-filled house>

  2. <an unquenchable thirst for travel that has led her to the far corners of the globe>



Origin and Etymology of thirst

Middle English, from Old English thurst; akin to Old High German durst thirst, Latin torrēre to dry, parch, Old Irish tart dryness, thirst, Greek tersesthai to become dry


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

thirst

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of thirst

  • : to have or feel a strong desire

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thirst

  1. 1 :  to feel thirsty :  suffer thirst

  2. 2 :  to crave vehemently and urgently <thirsted for revenge> <thirsting> after justice

thirster

noun

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of thirst

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of thirst

long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain <longed for some rest>. yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing <yearned for a stage career>. hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire <always hankering for money>. pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible <pined for a lost love>. hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need <hungered for a business of his own> <thirsted for power>.

Rhymes with thirst



THIRST Defined for Kids

1

thirst

play
noun \ˈthərst\

Definition of thirst for Students

  1. 1 :  a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat that accompanies a need for liquids

  2. 2 :  the bodily condition that produces thirst <die of thirst>

  3. 3 :  a strong desire <a thirst for knowledge>




2

thirst

play
verb

Definition of thirst for Students

thirsted

thirsting

  1. 1 :  to feel a need for liquids

  2. 2 :  to have a strong desire <They thirst for freedom.>




Medical Dictionary

thirst

play
noun \ˈthərst\

Medical Definition of thirst

  1. :  a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids; also :  the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensation





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up thirst? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy frenetic lazy philistine
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ