- the uncomfortable or distressful feeling caused by a desire or need for water and characterized generally by a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat
- Informal a craving for a specific liquid, esp. for alcoholic liquor
- any strong desire; craving: a thirst for fame
Origin of thirstMiddle English ; from Old English thurst, akin to German durst ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ters-, to dry from source Classical Latin torrere, to parch, torridus, torrid, terra, earth
- to be thirsty
- to have a strong desire or craving
- a. A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to a need or desire to drink.b. The desire to drink.
- An insistent desire; a craving: a thirst for knowledge.
intransitive verbthirst·ed, thirst·ing, thirsts
- To feel a need to drink.
- To have a strong craving; yearn.
Origin of thirstMiddle English, from Old English thurst; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- A sensation of dryness in the throat associated with a craving for liquids, produced by deprivation of drink, or by some other cause (as fear, excitement, etc.) which arrests the secretion of the pharyngeal mucous membrane; hence, the condition producing this sensation.
- (figuratively) A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; "” usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold.
(third-person singular simple present thirsts, present participle thirsting, simple past and past participle thirsted)
From Old English Ã¾urst.