- a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat caused by need of liquid.
- the physical condition resulting from this need, in any of various degrees: They almost died of thirst.
- strong or eager desire; craving: a thirst for knowledge.
- to feel thirst; be thirsty.
- to have a strong desire.
Origin of thirst
Related Words for thirstdesire, longing, eagerness, hankering, hunger, lust, yearning, passion, appetite, yen, keenness, drought, dryness, aridity
Examples from the Web for thirst
Contemporary Examples of thirst
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
This spatial displacement reveals your thirst for freedom, your desire for openness and to break with the protest novel.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
The hunger usually subsides quickly, but thirst sometimes causes serious pain.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
In North Carolina, they let a 54-year-old untreated schizophrenic die of thirst after 35 days in solitary confinement.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
In response, voters thought voting for Madison was inconsistent with their thirst for free booze.Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
Historical Examples of thirst
Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Never again will the insatiable thirst of the fire-fiend be so pampered.Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
In these terms did Mr Verloc declare his thirst for revenge.The Secret Agent
On the present occasion, his native powers were stimulated by the thirst of revenge.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Mr. Clawbonny, it is a desert, but we shant die of thirst in it at any rate.The Field of Ice
- a craving to drink, accompanied by a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat
- an eager longing, craving, or yearninga thirst for knowledge
- (intr) to feel a thirstto thirst for a drink; to thirst after righteousness
Word Origin for thirst
Old English þurst, from West Germanic *thurstus (cf. Old Saxon thurst, Frisian torst, Dutch dorst, Old High German and German durst), from Proto-Germanic *thurs-, from PIE root *ters- "dry" (see terrain). Figurative sense of "vehement desire" is attested from c.1200.
Old English þyrstan (see thirst (n.)); the figurative sense of the verb was present in Old English. Related: Thirsted; thirsting.
- A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to a need or desire to drink.
- The desire or need to drink.
- To feel a need to drink.