Definition of Hunger

1. Noun. A physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation.

Exact synonyms: Hungriness
Generic synonyms: Drive
Specialized synonyms: Bulimia, Emptiness, Edacity, Esurience, Ravenousness, Voraciousness, Voracity, Famishment, Starvation, Malnourishment, Undernourishment
Derivative terms: Hungry, Hungry

2. Verb. Feel the need to eat.
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Smart

3. Noun. Strong desire for something (not food or drink). "Hunger for affection"
Exact synonyms: Hungriness, Thirst, Thirstiness
Generic synonyms: Desire
Derivative terms: Hungry, Thirst, Thirsty, Thirsty

4. Verb. Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for. "They hunger more bread"
Exact synonyms: Crave, Lust, Starve, Thirst
Generic synonyms: Desire, Want
Derivative terms: Craving, Lust, Lust, Thirst

5. Verb. Be hungry; go without food. ; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
Exact synonyms: Famish, Starve
Generic synonyms: Hurt, Suffer
Antonyms: Be Full
Derivative terms: Starvation

Definition of Hunger

1. n. An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food.

2. v. i. To feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger.

3. v. t. To make hungry; to famish.

Definition of Hunger

1. Noun. A need or compelling desire of food. ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) Any strong desire. ¹

3. Verb. To be in need of food. ¹

4. Verb. (figuratively) To have a desire for. ¹

5. Verb. (archaic) To make hungry; to famish. ¹

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Definition of Hunger

1. to crave [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: crave

Medical Definition of Hunger

1. 1. An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food. The sensation of hunger is usually referred to the stomach, but is probably dependent on excitation of the sensory nerves, both of the stomach and intestines, and perhaps also on indirect impressions from other organs, more or less exhausted from lack of nutriment. 2. Any strong eager desire. "O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!" (Spenser) "For hunger of my gold I die." (Dryden) Origin: AS. Hungor; akin to OFries. Hunger, D. Honger, OS. & OHG. Hungar, G. Hunger, Icel. Hungr, Sw. & Dan. Hunger, Goth. Hhrus hunger, huggrjan to hunger. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hunger

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hung by a thread
hung juries
hung jury
hung out
hung out to dry
hung over
hung parliament
hung parliaments
hung the moon
hung up
hunger (current term)
hunger contractions
hunger is a good sauce
hunger is the best sauce
hunger is the best spice
hunger march
hunger marcher
hunger pain
hunger strike
hunger strikes

Literary usage of Hunger

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"I. TN view of the fact that the literature on the nature of the sensa- •*• tion of hunger is exhaustively reviewed in the recent paper by Cannon and ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1858)
"hunger AND THIRST. hunger is one of the beneficent and terrible instincts. ... It is hunger which brings these stalwart navvies together in orderly gangs to ..."

3. The Physiology of Common Life by George Henry Lewes (1859)
"CHAPTER I. hunger AND THIRST. Incentives to action—Cause of hunger : waste and repair of the body— Periodicity of hunger—Comparison ..."

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