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hunger

Overview

This page has 17 definitions of hunger with English translations in 5 languages. Hunger is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use hunger in a sentence are shown. Also define these 10 related words and terms: need, desire, food, heap coals of fire on someone's head, long, yearn, famish, hungern, hungriness, and hunger.

See also: Hunger

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English hunger, from Old English hungor (hunger, desire; famine), from Proto-Germanic *hungruz, *hunhruz (hunger), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk- (to burn, smart, desire, hunger, thirst). Cognate with West Frisian honger, hûnger (hunger), Dutch honger (hunger), German Low German Hunger (hunger), German Hunger (hunger), Swedish hunger (hunger), Icelandic hungur (hunger).

Noun

hunger (countable and uncountable, plural hungers)

  1. A need or compelling desire for food.
  2. (by extension) Any strong desire.
    I have a hunger to win.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book 5, canto 12, stanza 1:
      O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!
    • 2003, Curtis Jackson and Rob Tewlow (lyrics), Reef Tewlow (music), “What Up Gangsta”, in Get Rich or Die Tryin', New York City: Shady Records, performed by 50 Cent:
      When gangsters bump my shit, can they feel my hunger?

Usage notes

The phrase be hungry is more common than have hunger to express a need for food.

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Etymology 2

From Old English hyngran, from Proto-Germanic *hungrijaną.

Verb

hunger (third-person singular simple present hungers, present participle hungering, simple past and past participle hungered)

  1. (intransitive) To be in need of food.
    • Heap Coals Of Fire On Someone's Head definition
      To excite remorse in someone by returning good for evil.
  2. (figurative, intransitive, usually with 'for' or 'after') To have a desire (for); to long; to yearn.
    I hungered for your love.
    • Long definition
      Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point . (1 of 8 long definitions)
  3. (archaic, transitive) To make hungry; to famish.

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Danish

Noun

hunger

  1. (uncommon) hunger

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German

Verb

hunger

  1. inflection of hungern:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    • Hungern definition
      to hunger

Middle English

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Etymology

From Old English hungor, from Proto-Germanic *hungruz, *hunhruz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhunɡər/, [ˈhuŋɡər]

Noun

hunger (uncountable)

  1. Hungriness; the feeling of being hungry or requiring satiation.
    • Hungriness definition
      The characteristic of being hungry; hunger.
  2. Hunger; a great lack or death of food or nutrition.
  3. A shortage of food in a region or country; widespread hunger.
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “2 Paralipomenon 6:28”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      If hungur riſiþ in þe lond and peſtilence and ruſt and wynd diſtriynge cornes and a locuste and bꝛuke comeþ and if enemyes biſegen þe ȝatis of þe citee aftir þat þe cuntreis ben diſtried and al veniaunce and ſikenesse oppꝛeſſiþ []
      If hunger rises in the land, and pestilence, rust, wind, destroying grain, and locusts and their young come, and if enemies besiege a city's gates after the city's surrounds are ruined, and when any destruction and disease oppresses (people) []
  4. Hunger as a metaphorical individual; the force of hunger.
  5. (rare) Any strong drive or compulsion.

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

Noun

hunger m (definite singular hungeren, uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr

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hunger m (definite singular hungeren) (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

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Noun

hunger c (uncountable)

  1. hunger

Declension

Declension of hunger 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative hunger hungern
Genitive hungers hungerns

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