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hunger

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noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\

Definition of hunger

  1. 1a :  a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrientb :  an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food The small meal wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger.c :  a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food died of hunger

  2. 2 :  a strong desire :  craving a hunger for success

from hunger

  1. :  very bad or inept the jokes were from hunger — Mordecai Richler

Examples of hunger in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of hunger

Middle English, from Old English hungor; akin to Old High German hungar hunger, Lithuanian kanka torture


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hunger

verb hun·ger

Definition of hunger

hungered

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hungering

play \ˈhəŋ-g(ə-)riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to feel or suffer hunger (see 1hunger) feasting while the poor hunger

  3. 2 :  to have an eager desire The nation hungers for a strong leader.

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to make hungry

Origin and Etymology of hunger

see 1hunger


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of hunger

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


HUNGER Defined for English Language Learners

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hunger

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noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\

Definition of hunger for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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hunger

verb hun·ger

Definition of hunger for English Language Learners

  • : to have or feel a strong desire


HUNGER Defined for Kids

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hunger

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noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\

Definition of hunger for Students

  1. 1 :  a desire or a need for food

  2. 2 :  a strong desire a hunger for knowledge


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hunger

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verb hun·ger

Definition of hunger for Students

hungered

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hungering

  1. 1 :  to feel a desire or need for food

  2. 2 :  to have a strong desire He hungered to return home.


Medical Dictionary

hunger

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noun hun·ger \ˈhəŋ-gər\

Medical Definition of hunger

  1. 1:  a craving, desire, or urgent need for food

  2. 2:  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

  3. 3:  a weakened disordered condition brought about by prolonged lack of food die of hunger



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