Definitions for Hungerˈhʌŋ gər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hun•gerˈhʌŋ gər(n.; v.)-gered, -ger•ing.

  1. (n.)a compelling need or desire for food.

  2. the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food:

    to collapse from hunger.

  3. a shortage of food; famine.

  4. a strong or compelling desire or craving; lust:

    a hunger for power.

  5. (v.i.)to feel hunger; be hungry.

  6. to have a strong desire.

  7. (v.t.)to subject to hunger; starve.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of hunger:

bef. 900; ME; OE hungor, c. OS, OHG hungar, ON hungr; akin to Go huhrus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hunger, hungriness(noun)

    a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation

  2. hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness(verb)

    strong desire for something (not food or drink)

    "a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"

  3. hunger(verb)

    feel the need to eat

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust(verb)

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

  5. starve, hunger, famish(verb)

    be hungry; go without food

    "Let's eat--I'm starving!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hunger(noun)ˈhʌŋ gər

    the state of being without food for long periods

    the problem of hunger in developing countries

  2. hungerˈhʌŋ gər

    the feeling of needing to eat

    a light meal to satisfy your hunger

  3. hungerˈhʌŋ gər

    a strong desire

    her hunger for fame

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hunger(noun)

    an uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food

  2. Hunger(noun)

    any strong eager desire

  3. Hunger(noun)

    to feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger

  4. Hunger(noun)

    to have an eager desire; to long

  5. Hunger(verb)

    to make hungry; to famish


  1. Hunger

    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.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hunger

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Hunger' in Nouns Frequency: #2818

Translations for Hunger

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the desire for food

A cheese roll won't satisfy my hunger.

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