- a compelling need or desire for food.
- the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food: to collapse from hunger.
- a shortage of food; famine.
- a strong or compelling desire or craving: hunger for power.
- to feel hunger; be hungry.
- to have a strong desire.
- Rare. to subject to hunger; starve.
- from hunger, Slang. deplorably bad; dreadful: The styles in coats this winter are from hunger.Also strictly from hunger.
Origin of hunger
Synonyms for hunger
- a feeling of pain, emptiness, or weakness induced by lack of food
- an appetite, desire, need, or cravinghunger for a woman
- to have or cause to have a need or craving for food
- (intr; usually foll by for or after) to have a great appetite or desire (for)
Word Origin for hunger
Old English hungor "unease or pain caused by lack of food, craving appetite, debility from lack of food," from Proto-Germanic *hungruz (cf. Old Frisian hunger, Old Saxon hungar, Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr, German hunger, Dutch honger, Gothic huhrus), probably from PIE root *kenk- (2) "to suffer hunger or thirst." Hunger strike attested from 1885; earliest references are to prisoners in Russia.
Old English hyngran (cf. Old Saxon gihungrjan, Old High German hungaran, German hungern, Gothic huggrjan), from the source of hunger (n.). Related: Hungered; hungering.
- A strong desire or need for food.
- The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
- A strong desire or craving, as for affection.