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Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

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 2Edit

From Old English hyngran, from Proto-Germanic *hungrijaną.

VerbEdit

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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VerbEdit

hunger

  1. First-person singular present of hungern.
  2. Imperative singular of hungern.

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

NounEdit

hunger m (definite singular hungeren, uncountable)

  1. hunger

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hungr

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hunger m (definite singular hungeren) (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hungr, from Proto-Germanic *hunhruz.

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hunger c (uncountable)

  1. hunger

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