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HUNGER (hunger)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hunger mean? 

HUNGER (noun)
  The noun HUNGER has 2 senses:

1. a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
2. strong desire for something (not food or drink)

  Familiarity information: HUNGER used as a noun is rare.


HUNGER (verb)
  The verb HUNGER has 3 senses:

1. feel the need to eat
2. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
3. be hungry; go without food

  Familiarity information: HUNGER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HUNGER (noun)


Sense 1hunger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

hunger; hungriness

Hypernyms ("hunger" is a kind of...):

drive (a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hunger"):

bulimia (pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions))

emptiness (having an empty stomach)

edacity; esurience; ravenousness; voraciousness; voracity (excessive desire to eat)

famishment; starvation (a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period)

malnourishment; undernourishment (not having enough food to develop or function formally)


Sense 2hunger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strong desire for something (not food or drink)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

hunger; thirst; hungriness; thirstiness

Context examples:

a thirst for knowledge / hunger for affection

Hypernyms ("hunger" is a kind of...):

desire (an inclination to want things)


HUNGER (verb)


Sense 1hunger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel the need to eat

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Hypernyms (to "hunger" is one way to...):

ache; hurt; smart (be the source of pain)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2hunger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

crave; lust; hunger; thirst; starve

Hypernyms (to "hunger" is one way to...):

desire; want (feel or have a desire for; want strongly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3hunger [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be hungry; go without food

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

famish; starve; hunger

Context example:

Let's eat--I'm starving!

Hypernyms (to "hunger" is one way to...):

hurt; suffer (feel pain or be in pain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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