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hun·ger

 (hŭng′gər)
n.
1.
a. A strong desire or need for food.
b. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
2. A strong desire or craving: a hunger for affection.
v. hun·gered, hun·ger·ing, hun·gers
v.intr.
1. To have a need or desire for food.
2. To have a strong desire or craving.
v.tr.
To cause to experience hunger; make hungry.

[Middle English, from Old English hungor.]

hunger

(ˈhʌŋɡə)
n
1. a feeling of pain, emptiness, or weakness induced by lack of food
2. an appetite, desire, need, or craving: hunger for a woman.
vb
3. to have or cause to have a need or craving for food
4. (intr; usually foll by for or after) to have a great appetite or desire (for)
[Old English hungor; related to Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr, Gothic hūhrus]

hun•ger

(ˈhʌŋ gər)

n., v. -gered, -ger•ing. n.
1. a compelling need or desire for food.
2. the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food: to collapse from hunger.
3. a shortage of food; famine.
4. a strong or compelling desire or craving; lust: a hunger for power.
v.i.
5. to feel hunger; be hungry.
6. to have a strong desire.
v.t.
7. to subject to hunger; starve.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hungor, c. Old Saxon, Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr; akin to Gothic huhrus]

hunger

  • famine, famish - Famine and famish come from Latin fames, "hunger."
  • dissatisfied, unsatisfied - Only a person can be dissatisfied, while an abstract thing (such as hunger) can be unsatisfied.
  • piece de resistance - The original context for piece de resistance is what one is able to resist by eating the big dish—pangs of hunger.

Hunger

 

See Also: EATING AND DRINKING

  1. Appetite … as hot as a fire —Henry Fielding
  2. Appetite … as insatiable as the sun’s —Wallace Stevens
  3. Had an appetite like a chain saw —Harry Prince
  4. Appetite like a sparrow —Jilly Cooper
  5. Ate as heartily as a hungry pike —Howard Spring
  6. Ate like a gang of hungry threshers —Erich Maria Remarque
  7. Belly as empty as a wind instrument —Isaac Babel
  8. Hunger makes beans taste like almonds —Italian proverb
  9. Hunger stirred in him like a small animal —Carlos Baker
  10. Hungry as a bear —John Ray’s Proverbs

    Of all the “Hungry as” similes, the link with bears, lions and wolves is one of the most enduring

  11. (I came home) hungry as a hunter —Charles Lamb
  12. Hungry as a nanny goat —Ben Hecht

    This simple and direct line from a play entitled Winkleberg marks a departure from Hecht’s bent for far-fetched comparisons.

  13. Hungry as a schoolboy —Raymond Chandler
  14. Hungry as the grave —James Thomson
  15. Nibbled like a minnow —Howard Spring
  16. Passengers clustered around a food stall like ants trying to drag a crumb of cake back to their nest —Derek Lambert
  17. Ravenous as gulls over a fishing boat —Marge Piercy
  18. [A voracious eater] sits down to eat as thin as a grasshopper and gets up as big as a bug in the family way —Erich Maria Remarque
  19. So hungry, it was as if there was a hand in our stomachs, like purses, rifling through them —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  20. Stomach … as hollow as any trumpet —Henry Fielding

Hunger

 

die like Roland To die from hunger or thirst. Legend has it that Roland, after having escaped the massacre at Ron-cevalles, ironically died of starvation and thirst while trying to cross the Pyrenees.

dine with Duke Humphrey To go hungry; to partake of a Barmecide feast. According to the usual but perhaps apocryphal account, the expression derives from the practice of London’s poor who, come the dinner hour when the streets began to empty of those preparing to dine, were wont to wander the aisles of St. Paul’s claiming to be in search of the monument to Duke Humphrey. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, was renowned for his hospitality, and at his death it was rumored that there was to be a monument to his bounty erected in St. Paul’s. None such was ever built; thus, to dine with Duke Humphrey is to have no place at which to dine, to wander idly while others eat.

A cadaverous figure who had been invited for no other reason than that he was pretty constantly in the habit of dining with Duke Humphrey. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse, 1854)

Another explanation holds that the phrase originally meant to dine well; after the Duke’s death, its meaning naturally became inverted to the current one.

narrow at the equator Hungry, ravenous, famished. In this expression, purportedly used by American cowboys in the Old West, equator refers to a person’s waist which, in cases of extreme or prolonged hunger, might be narrower than usual.

sup with Sir Thomas Gresham To go hungry. London’s layabouts and idle poor commonly frequented the Exchange, which was built by Sir Thomas Gresham. Thus, those who had nowhere to dine, or no money with which to dine, were often said to sup with Sir Thomas Gresham. The phrase is not nearly so common as its near synonym to dine with Duke Humphrey.

hunger


Past participle: hungered
Gerund: hungering

Imperative
hunger
hunger
Present
I hunger
you hunger
he/she/it hungers
we hunger
you hunger
they hunger
Preterite
I hungered
you hungered
he/she/it hungered
we hungered
you hungered
they hungered
Present Continuous
I am hungering
you are hungering
he/she/it is hungering
we are hungering
you are hungering
they are hungering
Present Perfect
I have hungered
you have hungered
he/she/it has hungered
we have hungered
you have hungered
they have hungered
Past Continuous
I was hungering
you were hungering
he/she/it was hungering
we were hungering
you were hungering
they were hungering
Past Perfect
I had hungered
you had hungered
he/she/it had hungered
we had hungered
you had hungered
they had hungered
Future
I will hunger
you will hunger
he/she/it will hunger
we will hunger
you will hunger
they will hunger
Future Perfect
I will have hungered
you will have hungered
he/she/it will have hungered
we will have hungered
you will have hungered
they will have hungered
Future Continuous
I will be hungering
you will be hungering
he/she/it will be hungering
we will be hungering
you will be hungering
they will be hungering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hungering
you have been hungering
he/she/it has been hungering
we have been hungering
you have been hungering
they have been hungering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hungering
you will have been hungering
he/she/it will have been hungering
we will have been hungering
you will have been hungering
they will have been hungering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hungering
you had been hungering
he/she/it had been hungering
we had been hungering
you had been hungering
they had been hungering
Conditional
I would hunger
you would hunger
he/she/it would hunger
we would hunger
you would hunger
they would hunger
Past Conditional
I would have hungered
you would have hungered
he/she/it would have hungered
we would have hungered
you would have hungered
they would have hungered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hunger - a physiological need for foodhunger - a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
drive - a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
bulimia - pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions)
emptiness - having an empty stomach
edacity, esurience, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity - excessive desire to eat
famishment, starvation - a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
malnourishment, undernourishment - not having enough food to develop or function normally
2.hunger - strong desire for something (not food or drink); "a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
desire - an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
Verb1.hunger - feel the need to eat
hurt, smart, ache - be the source of pain
2.hunger - have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
3.hunger - be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
suffer, hurt - feel pain or be in pain

hunger

noun
1. appetite, emptiness, voracity, the munchies (slang), hungriness, ravenousness Hunger is the body's sign that blood sugar is too low.
2. starvation, famine, malnutrition, undernourishment Three hundred people are dying of hunger every day.
3. desire, appetite, craving, yen (informal), ache, lust, yearning, itch, thirst, greediness He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
hunger for or after something or someone want, desire, crave, hope for, long for, wish for, yearn for, pine for, hanker after, ache for, thirst after, itch after He hungered for adventure.
Quotations
"There's no sauce in the world like hunger" [Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote]
Proverbs
"Hunger drives the wolf from the wood"

hunger

noun
1. A desire for food or drink:
2. A strong wanting of what promises enjoyment or pleasure:
verb
To have a greedy, obsessive desire:
Translations
إشْتِياق، شَهْوَهجوعجُوعٌجوع، عَدَم وُجود طَعاميَشْتاق
hladhladovět
sulthungerhungre
nälkähimonähdä nälkää
glad
éhség
hungurhungur, svengdsulturhungra
空腹
굶주림
fames
alkanasalkisbado streikasišalkimas
alkasalktbadsilgasilgoties
hlad
gladlakota
hunger
ความหิว
açlıkbüyük arzuçok arzu etmekkıtlıközlem
đóisự đói

hunger

[ˈhʌŋgəʳ]
A. N
1. (for food) → hambre f
2. (fig) → sed f
to have a hunger for [+ adventure, knowledge] → tener hambre or sed de, estar hambriento or sediento de
he had a hunger for loveestaba ávido de amor
B. VIestar hambriento, tener hambre
C. CPD the hunger marches NPL (Brit) (Hist) marchas protagonizadas por los obreros británicos y sus familias durante la Gran Depresión para protestar por sus condiciones de pobreza
hunger strike Nhuelga f de hambre
to be on hunger strikeestar haciendo huelga de hambre
to go on hunger strikeponerse en huelga de hambre
hunger for hunger after VI + PREP (fig) [+ adventure, knowledge] → tener hambre or sed de, estar hambriento or sediento de

hunger

[ˈhʌŋgər]
n
(for food)faim f
(= eagerness) (for success, adventure, love)soif f
hunger for sth → soif de qch
his hunger for adventure → sa soif d'aventure
vi
to hunger for [+ power, love, fame, money] → avoir soif de, désirer ardemment
They hunger for adventure → Ils ont soif d'aventure.hunger pangs nplfringale fhunger strike ngrève f de la faim
to be on hunger strike → faire la grève de la faimhunger striker ngréviste mf de la faimhung over hung-over adj
to be hung over → avoir la gueule de bois hung parliament nparlement m sans majorité

hunger

n
(lit)Hunger m; to die of hungerverhungern
(fig)Hunger m(for nach)
vi (old, liter)hungern; to hunger to do somethingdanach hungern, etw zu tun

hunger

[ˈhʌŋgəʳ] nfame f; (also) (fig) hunger (for)sete f (di)
hunger after hunger for vi + prepdesiderare ardentemente, morire dalla voglia di

hunger

(ˈhaŋgə) noun
1. the desire for food. A cheese roll won't satisfy my hunger.
2. the state of not having enough food. Poor people in many parts of the world are dying of hunger.
3. any strong desire. a hunger for love.
verb
(usually with for) to long for (eg affection, love).
ˈhungry adjective
wanting or needing food etc. a hungry baby; I'm hungry – I haven't eaten all day; He's hungry for adventure.
ˈhungrily adverb
ˈhungriness noun
hunger strike
a refusal to eat, as a form of protest or to force (someone) to agree to certain demands etc. The prisoners went on hunger strike as a protest against prison discipline.

hunger

جُوعٌ hlad sult Hunger πείνα hambre nälkä faim glad fame 空腹 굶주림 honger sult głód fome голод hunger ความหิว açlık sự đói 饥饿

hun·ger

n. hambre.

hunger

n hambre f