- 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
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- 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 and History for from 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.