hunger

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hunger, from Old English hungor (hunger, desire; famine), from Proto-Germanic *hungruz, *hunhruz (hunger), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk- (to burn, smart, desire, hunger, thirst). Compare Dutch honger, German and Low German Hunger, Swedish hunger.

Noun[edit]

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

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English hyngran.

Verb[edit]

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.
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Verb[edit]

hunger

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

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

hunger m (definite singular hungeren; uncountable)

  1. hunger

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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hunger c (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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