Definition of hunger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhʌŋɡə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌŋɡər//
    Healthy eating habits, Poverty and famine, Hunger
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of not having enough food to eat, especially when this causes illness or death synonym starvation Around fifty people die of hunger every day in the camp. The organization works to alleviate world hunger and disease. See related entries: Poverty and famine
  2. 2[uncountable] the feeling caused by a need to eat hunger pangs I felt faint with hunger. See related entries: Healthy eating habits, Hunger
  3. 3[singular] hunger (for something) (formal) a strong desire for something a hunger for knowledge Nothing seemed to satisfy their hunger for truth.
  4. Word OriginOld English hungor (noun), hyngran (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honger and German Hunger.Extra examples Any good weight loss regime should not lead to extreme hunger. It is usual to feel hunger during exercise. Peasant land hunger grew ever more acute as the population swelled. Perhaps the cat was killing to satisfy hunger. She has an insatiable hunger for knowledge. The new snack bar will keep those hunger pangs at bay. There is a real hunger and passion for football in China. Thousands of people have died of hunger. looking for ways to alleviate world hunger mid-morning, when those hunger pangs strike the campaign to end world hunger If you feel hunger pangs between meals, eat some fruit or nuts. The meal had not satisfied his hunger. The walkers were weak from hunger.
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