- The definition of hunger is the desire for something.
An example of hunger is what people feel when starving in an African nation.
- Hunger is defined as wanting something.
An example of hunger is desperately wanting justice in the world; to hunger for justice.
- the discomfort, pain, or weakness caused by a need for food
- famine; starvation
- a desire, need, or appetite for food
- any strong desire; craving
Origin of hungerMiddle English from Old English hungor, akin to German hunger from Indo-European base an unverified form kenk-, to burn, dry up from source Lithuanian kankà, pain
- to feel hunger; be hungry; need food
- to have a strong desire; crave: with for or after
- a. A strong desire or need for food.b. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
- A strong desire or craving: a hunger for affection.
verbhun·gered, hun·ger·ing, hun·gers
- To have a need or desire for food.
- To have a strong desire or craving.
Origin of hungerMiddle English from Old English hungor
The phrase be hungry is more common than have hunger to express a need for food.
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.
(third-person singular simple present hungers, present participle hungering, simple past and past participle hungered)
From Old English hyngran.