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



    BrE BrE//θɜːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θɜːrst//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the feeling of needing or wanting a drink He quenched his thirst with a long drink of cold water. She woke up with a raging thirst and a headache. See related entries: Thirst
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of not having enough water to drink Thousands are dying of thirst. Many of the refugees were suffering badly from thirst.
  3. 3[singular] thirst (for something) a strong desire for something synonym craving a thirst for knowledge
  4. Word OriginOld English thurst (noun), thyrstan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorst, dorsten and German Durst, dürsten.
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