[ huhng-ger ]
/ ˈhʌŋ gər /
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.
verb (used without object)
to feel hunger; be hungry.
to have a strong desire.
verb (used with object)
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
before 900; Middle English; Old English hungor; cognate with German Hunger
Related formshun·ger·ing·ly, adverbhalf-hun·gered, adjectivepre·hun·ger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for from hunger
/ (ˈhʌŋɡə) /
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; related to Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr, Gothic hūhrus
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Medicine definitions for from hunger
[ hŭng′gər ]
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.
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