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Webster 1913 Edition


Hunger

Hun′ger

,
Noun.
[AS.
hungor
; akin to OFries.
hunger
, D.
honger
, OS. & OHG.
hungar
, G.
hunger
, Icel.
hungr
, Sw. & Dan.
hunger
, Goth.
h[GREEK]hrus
hunger,
huggrjan
to hunger.]
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.

Hun′ger

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Hungered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Hungering
.]
[OE.
hungren
, AS.
hyngrian
. See
Hunger
,
Noun.
]
1.
To feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger.
2.
To have an eager desire; to long.
Blessed are they which do
hunger
and thirst after righteouness.
Matt. v. 6.

Webster 1828 Edition


Hunger

HUN'GER

, n.
1.
An uneasy sensation occasioned by the want of food; a craving of food by the stomach; craving appetite. Hunger is not merely want of food, for persons when sick,may abstain long from eating without hunger, or an appetite for food. Hunger therefore is the pain or uneasiness of the stomach of a healthy person, when too long destitute of food.
2.
Any strong or eager desire.
For hunger of my gold I die.

HUN'GER

,
Verb.
I.
To feel the pain or uneasiness which is occasioned by long abstinence from food; to crave food.
1.
To desire with great eagerness; to long for.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matt.5.

HUN'GER

,
Verb.
T.
To famish. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


Hunger

Hunger

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German

Noun

Hunger m (genitive Hungers, no plural)

  1. hunger

Declension


Low German

Etymology

From Old Saxon hungar, from Proto-Germanic *hungruz. Compare High German Hunger, Dutch honger, English hunger, Swedish hunger.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhʊŋːə(r)/

Noun

Hunger m (uncountable)

  1. hunger

Derived terms

hunger

hunger

See also: Hunger

English

Noun

hunger (countable and uncountable, plural hungers)

  1. A need or compelling desire for food.
  2. (by extension) Any strong desire.
    I have a hunger to win.
    • Spenser
      O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!
Usage notes

The phrase be hungry is more common than have hunger to express a need for food.

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Etymology 2

From Old English hyngran.

Verb

hunger (third-person singular simple present hungers, present participle hungering, simple past and past participle hungered)

  1. To be in need of food.
  2. (figuratively) To have a desire (for); to long; to yearn.
    I hungered for your love.
    • Bible, Matthew v. 6
      Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.
  3. (archaic) To make hungry; to famish.
Translations

References

  • hunger in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Anagrams


German

Verb

hunger

  1. First-person singular present of hungern.
  2. Imperative singular of hungern.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

Noun

hunger m (definite singular hungeren, uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr

Noun

hunger m (definite singular hungeren) (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

Pronunciation

Noun

hunger c (uncountable)

  1. hunger

Declension

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