Definition of hunger in English:


Line breaks: hun¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌŋgə


[mass noun]


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  • 2 archaic Feel or suffer hunger: when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterwards hungered
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    • How many hungered, sickened or died as a result?
    • Tell it to all those who hungered and thirsted and prayed and begged for help.
    • By analogy, a mother does not love her child because it hungers and cries, even though its crying makes new demands upon her love.


Old English hungor (noun), hyngran (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honger and German Hunger.

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