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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong desire or need for food.
  • n. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
  • n. A strong desire or craving: a hunger for affection.
  • intransitive v. To have a need or desire for food.
  • intransitive v. To have a strong desire or craving.
  • transitive v. To cause to experience hunger; make hungry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A need or compelling desire of food.
  • n. Any strong desire.
  • v. To be in need of food.
  • v. To have a desire for.
  • v. To make hungry; to famish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food.
  • n. Any strong eager desire.
  • intransitive v. To feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger.
  • intransitive v. To have an eager desire; to long.
  • transitive v. To make hungry; to famish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An uneasy or painful sensation occasioned by the want of food; craving appetite.
  • n. Hence Any strong or eager desire.
  • n. A famine.
  • To feel the uneasiness or longing which is occasioned by long abstinence from food; crave food.
  • Hence To have an eager desire; long.
  • To starve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong desire for something (not food or drink)
  • v. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  • v. be hungry; go without food
  • n. a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
  • v. feel the need to eat

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hungor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hungor. (Wiktionary)
Old English hyngran. (Wiktionary)

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