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n., v. -gered, -ger•ing. n.
- 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.
See Also: EATING AND DRINKING
- Appetite … as hot as a fire —Henry Fielding
- Appetite … as insatiable as the sun’s —Wallace Stevens
- Had an appetite like a chain saw —Harry Prince
- Appetite like a sparrow —Jilly Cooper
- Ate as heartily as a hungry pike —Howard Spring
- Ate like a gang of hungry threshers —Erich Maria Remarque
- Belly as empty as a wind instrument —Isaac Babel
- Hunger makes beans taste like almonds —Italian proverb
- Hunger stirred in him like a small animal —Carlos Baker
- 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
- (I came home) hungry as a hunter —Charles Lamb
- 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.
- Hungry as a schoolboy —Raymond Chandler
- Hungry as the grave —James Thomson
- Nibbled like a minnow —Howard Spring
- Passengers clustered around a food stall like ants trying to drag a crumb of cake back to their nest —Derek Lambert
- Ravenous as gulls over a fishing boat —Marge Piercy
- [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
- So hungry, it was as if there was a hand in our stomachs, like purses, rifling through them —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
- Stomach … as hollow as any trumpet —Henry Fielding
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.
Past participle: hungered
|Noun||1.||hunger - 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
famishment, starvation - a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
|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"
|Verb||1.||hunger - feel the need to eat|
|2.||hunger - have a craving, appetite, or great desire for|
|3.||hunger - be hungry; go without food; "Let's eat--I'm starving!"|
"There's no sauce in the world like hunger" [Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote]
"Hunger drives the wolf from the wood"
hunger strike N → huelga f de hambre
to be on hunger strike → estar haciendo huelga de hambre
to go on hunger strike → ponerse en huelga de hambre
to hunger for [+ power, love, fame, money] → avoir soif de, désirer ardemment
They hunger for adventure → Ils ont soif d'aventure.hunger pangs npl → fringale fhunger strike n → grève f de la faim
to be on hunger strike → faire la grève de la faimhunger striker n → gréviste mf de la faimhung over hung-over adj
to be hung over → avoir la gueule de bois hung parliament n → parlement m sans majorité