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). Cognate with West Frisian honger, hûnger (hunger), Dutch honger (hunger), German Low German Hunger (hunger), German Hunger (hunger), Swedish hunger (hunger), Icelandic hungur (hunger).

Noun[edit]

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!
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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, from Proto-Germanic *hungrijaną.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To be in need of food.
  2. (figuratively, usually with 'for' or 'after') 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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Danish[edit]

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hunger

  1. (uncommon) hunger

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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.

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hunger m (definite singular hungeren, uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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From Old Norse hungr

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hunger m (definite singular hungeren) (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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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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Declension of hunger 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative hunger hungern
Genitive hungers hungerns

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