a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness(verb)
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
"a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
feel the need to eat
crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust(verb)
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
starve, hunger, famish(verb)
be hungry; go without food
"Let's eat--I'm starving!"
an uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food
any strong eager desire
to feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger
to have an eager desire; to long
to make hungry; to famish
Origin: [OE. hungren, AS. hyngrian. See Hunger, n.]
Hunger is the physical sensation of desiring food. When politicians, relief workers and social scientists talk about people suffering from hunger, they usually refer to those who are unable to eat sufficient food to meet their basic nutritional needs for sustained periods of time. Throughout history, a large proportion of the world's population have often experienced severe hunger. In many cases this resulted from disruptions to the food supply caused by war, plagues or adverse weather changes. For the first few decades after World War II, technological progress and enhanced political cooperation suggested it might be possible to substantially reduce the number of people suffering from hunger. While progress had been uneven, by 2000 the threat of extreme hunger has subsided for a great many of the world's people. Until 2006, the average international price of food had been largely stable for several decades. But in the closing months of 2006 it began to rise at a rapid rate. By 2008 the price of rice had more than tripled in some regions, which had an especially severe impact in developing countries. Food prices fell in early 2009, but then rose again to reach another record high in 2011, and have since then decreased slightly. The 2008 worldwide financial crisis further increased the number of people suffering from hunger, including dramatic increases even in advanced economies such as Great Britain, the Eurozone and the United States.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hung′gėr, n. desire for food: strong desire for anything.—v.i. to crave food: to long for.—adjs. Hung′er-bit′ten, bitten, pained, or weakened by hunger; Hung′erful, hungry; Hung′erly (Shak.), hungry.—adv. (Shak.) hungrily.—adv. Hung′rily.—adj. Hung′ry, having eager desire: greedy: lean: poor. [A.S. hungor (n.), hyngran (v.); cf. Ger. hunger, Dut. honger, &c.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The desire for FOOD generated by a sensation arising from the lack of food in the STOMACH.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Ability to eat in a Night Lunch Cart.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Hunger' in Nouns Frequency: #2818
The numerical value of Hunger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Hunger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Hunger is humiliation, hunger is hopelessness.
It's hunger, hunger that makes us accept what they give us.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Macri says there is no hunger, that we're all rich. But there is hunger and we are poor.
It seems to me we can never give up longing And wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, And we must hunger after them.
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Translations for Hunger
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- رغبة, جوعArabic
- gana, famCatalan, Valencian
- hladovět, hladCzech
- Hunger, hungernGerman
- πεινώ, ποθώ, λαχταρώ, λαχτάρα, πόθος, πείναGreek
- malsati, malsatoEsperanto
- hambre, sedSpanish
- nälkä, himoita, isota, nähdä nälkää, himoFinnish
- faim, soifFrench
- acrasScottish Gaelic
- grangouHaitian Creole
- քաղց, սովArmenian
- hungur, sulturIcelandic
- 飢える, 飢え, 空腹, 飢餓Japanese
- 굶주림, 배고픔Korean
- برسی, برسێتیKurdish
- trek, hongeren, honger, honger hebbenDutch
- svolt, svelte, hungerNorwegian Nynorsk
- hungre, sult, sulte, hungerNorwegian
- dichinNavajo, Navaho
- fome, desejoPortuguese
- жажда, жаждать, голодRussian
- glad, глад, gladovatiSerbo-Croatian
- njaa, unengeSwahili
- açlyk, aaçlykTurkmen
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