- 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
Examples from the Web for thirsting
Still Obama allied America with those Arabs and Iranians thirsting for freedom, and he did so in a subtle but remarkable way.Putting America on Democracy's Side
May 19, 2011
I know you will, when I tell you that I have been hungering and thirsting all day for the sound of your voice.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
She was thirsting for help, for help that she could understand.Audrey Craven
What could the unfortunate exiles, thirsting for peace and rest, do but accept these conditions?Les Parsis
A thirsting for sweet wells of which one has heard in a dream.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
All this was very trying to the newly-married man, who was thirsting for sympathy.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
- 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 and History for thirsting
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.