a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstinessverb
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
"a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
feel the need to eat
crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lustverb
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
starve, hunger, famishverb
be hungry; go without food
"Let's eat--I'm starving!"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hunger, Saxon; honger, Dutch.
An uneasy sensation at the stomach for food. When the stomach is empty, and the fibres in their natural tension, they draw up so close as to rub against each other, so as to make that sensation: but when they are distended with food, it is again removed; unless when a person fasteth so long as for want of spirits, or nervous fluid, to have those fibres grow too flaccid to corrugate, and then we say a person has fasted away his stomach; and this is occasioned by the attrition of the coats of the stomach against each other. John Quincy.
Thou shalt serve thine enemies in hunger and in thirst. Deutr. xxviii. 48.
The sub-acid part of the animal spirits, being cast off by the lower nerves upon the coats of the stomach, vellicates the fibres, and thereby produces the sense we call hunger. Nehemiah Grew.
Something viscous, fat and oily, remaining in the stomach, destroys the sensation of hunger. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
The immaterial felicities we expect, do naturally suggest the necessity of preparing our appetites and hungers for them, without which heaven can be no heaven to us. Decay of Piety.
Etymology: from the noun.
Widely they gape, and to the eye they roar,
As if they hunger’d for the food they bore. Abraham Cowley.
Do’st thou so hunger for my empty chair,
That thou wilt needs invest thee with my honours,
Before thy hour be ripe? O, foolish youth,
Thou seek’st the greatness that will overwhelm thee!
Stay but a little. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
My more having, would be as a sauce
To make me hunger more. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
I content me,
And from the sting of famine fear no harm,
Nor mind it, fed with better thoughts that feed
Me hung’ring more to do my father’s will. John Milton, P. Lost.
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
Etymology: [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.
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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
Survivors describe how they flee persecution in Burma only to fall into the hands of traffickers and extortionists, in many cases witnessing deaths and suffering abuse and hunger, interviews with officials and others make clear that these brutal networks, with the complicity of government officials in Burma, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia, profit from the desperation and misery of some of the world's most persecuted and neglected people.
Your stomach can't tell the difference between hunger and thirst.
I don't know if I'm going to do hunger strike, i will talk about this after the meeting.
We risk a' climate apartheid' scenario where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.
There is real hunger and we can't see a solution on the horizon. On the contrary, we see a dark future ahead.
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Translations for hunger
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- 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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