[ huhng-ger ]
/ ˈhʌŋ gər /


verb (used without object)

to feel hunger; be hungry.
to have a strong desire.

verb (used with object)

Rare. to subject to hunger; starve.

Idioms for hunger

    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


hun·ger·ing·ly, adverbhalf-hun·gered, adjectivepre·hun·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 hunger

[ hŭnggər ]


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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