What does hunger mean?

Definitions for hunger
ˈhʌŋ gərhun·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hunger, hungrinessnoun

    a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation

  2. hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstinessverb

    strong desire for something (not food or drink)

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

  3. hungerverb

    feel the need to eat

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lustverb

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

  5. starve, hunger, famishverb

    be hungry; go without food

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HUNGERnoun

    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.

  2. To Hungerverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hungernoun

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

  2. Hungernoun

    any strong eager desire

  3. Hungernoun

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

  4. Hungernoun

    to have an eager desire; to long

  5. Hungerverb

    to make hungry; to famish

  6. Etymology: [OE. hungren, AS. hyngrian. See Hunger, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hunger

    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

  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.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hunger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hunger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of hunger in a Sentence

  1. Brad Adams:

    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.

  2. Brigitte Zeitlin:

    Your stomach can't tell the difference between hunger and thirst.

  3. Abu Wa'el Dhiab:

    I don't know if I'm going to do hunger strike, i will talk about this after the meeting.

  4. Philip Alston:

    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.

  5. Jalal Salma:

    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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