- 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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Examples from the Web for hunger
I wish this was the last time I had to worry about hunger and bombs.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.
While in pre-trial detention, Krivov undertook two hunger strikes.
Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games, and a massive superhero film, all the rage.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Hunger and cold seemed to have driven them from their former homes.
Whole tribes and clans were wiped out by hunger and cold and want.
The Czar might retreat until his pursuers perished of fatigue and hunger.
Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
The hunger for the manhunt is like the hunger for food, and Bill Dozier had been starved for many a day.Way of the Lawless
- 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 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.