What does hunger mean?

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ˈhʌŋ gərhunger

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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!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hunger(noun)

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

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

  2. Hunger(noun)

    any strong eager desire

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

  3. Hunger(noun)

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

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

  4. Hunger(noun)

    to have an eager desire; to long

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

  5. Hunger(verb)

    to make hungry; to famish

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

Freebase

  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

  1. HUNGER

    Ability to eat in a Night Lunch Cart.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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How to say hunger in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Kuldeep Kaur:

    Narendra Modi has done nothing for us, our work has been affected so badly that our children are dying of hunger. Our business is completely shut. My children are sitting idle.

  2. Jomo Sundaram:

    I don't think it's all that ambitious to eliminate hunger.

  3. Brigitte Zeitlin:

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

  4. Filippo Grandi:

    I don't have yet the percentages for this year, but I have every reason to believe that it will be much higher, people were hungry in the Middle East, a region which has not seen hunger for a long, long time.

  5. Helen Fisher:

    The drive to love is eternal, this brain system lies way below the cortex, next to another area that orchestrates thirst and hunger, systems that keep you alive, and love is one of them.

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