Hunger is the sensation of needing — or wanting — to eat something. People use the same word to describe a hankering for a snack or for the more dire meaning of starvation, as in "world hunger."

Hunger sometimes refers to an extreme lack of food, the equivalent to starvation: "We need to do something about hunger in poor communities." It can also simply mean your afternoon craving: "My daily hunger for chocolate was distracting me from my work." You can also hunger for things, both food (like when you hunger for French fries) and non-food things (like when you hunger for attention).

Definitions of hunger

n a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation

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pathologically insatiable hunger (especially when caused by brain lesions)
having an empty stomach
edacity, esurience, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity
excessive desire to eat
famishment, starvation
a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
malnourishment, undernourishment
not having enough food to develop or function normally
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a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire

n strong desire for something (not food or drink)

hunger for affection”
hungriness, thirst, thirstiness
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an inclination to want things

v feel the need to eat

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ache, hurt, smart
be the source of pain

v be hungry; go without food

famish, starve
be full
be sated, have enough to eat
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hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

crave, lust, starve, thirst
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desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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