From Old Portuguese fame, from Vulgar Latin *faminem, from Latin famēs (“hunger”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰə- (“to disappear”). Compare Galician fame, Spanish hambre (Old Spanish fambre), French faim, Italian fame and Romanian foame.
fome f (plural fomes)
- (uncountable) hunger (need or compelling desire for food)
Tenho fome porque não como há três dias.
- I’m hungry because I haven’t eaten in three days.
- (literally, “I have hunger”)
- (figuratively) hunger (any strong desire)
Fome de poder.
- Hunger for power.
- famine (extreme shortage of food in a region)
Ocorreram várias fomes na Etiópia.
- Many famines took place in Ethiopia.