hunger Definition

  • 1a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat
  • 2a severe lack of food

Using hunger: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hunger" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The refugees were suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

  • Example

    I skipped breakfast and now I'm feeling hunger pangs.

  • Example

    The charity organization aims to alleviate hunger in impoverished communities.

  • Example

    The famine resulted in widespread hunger and death.

hunger Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using hunger

  • hunger for success

    a strong desire or ambition to achieve success


    He has a hunger for success and is always striving to improve himself.

  • a person who performs a public act of self-starvation as a form of art or entertainment


    The hunger artist drew crowds with his extreme performances of fasting.

  • the full moon in January, traditionally associated with a time of scarce food resources


    The Native American tribe held a ceremony during the hunger moon to pray for a bountiful harvest.

Phrases with hunger

  • hunger strike

    a prolonged refusal to eat, especially as a form of protest


    The political prisoner went on a hunger strike to demand better treatment.

  • a strong desire or craving for something


    She had a hunger for adventure and travel.

  • sharp pains in the stomach caused by hunger


    I haven't eaten all day and I'm starting to feel hunger pangs.

Origins of hunger

from Old English 'hungor'


Summary: hunger in Brief

The term 'hunger' [ˈhʌŋɡər] refers to the feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat. It can also denote a severe lack of food, leading to starvation, famine, and malnutrition. Phrases like 'hunger strike' and 'hunger for something' highlight the emotional and psychological aspects of hunger, while idioms like 'hunger for success' and 'hunger artist' extend the concept metaphorically.

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