half hungered


a compelling need or desire for food.
the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food: to collapse from hunger.
a shortage of food; famine.
a strong or compelling desire or craving: hunger for power.
verb (used without object)
to feel hunger; be hungry.
to have a strong desire.
verb (used with object)
Rare. to subject to hunger; starve.
from hunger, Slang. deplorably bad; dreadful: The styles in coats this winter are from hunger. Also, strictly from hunger.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hungor; cognate with German Hunger

hungeringly, adverb
half-hungered, adjective
prehunger, noun

4. appetite, greed, lust, itch.
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hunger (ˈhʌŋɡə)
1.  a feeling of pain, emptiness, or weakness induced by lack of food
2.  an appetite, desire, need, or craving: hunger for a woman
3.  to have or cause to have a need or craving for food
4.  (intr; usually foll by for or after) to have a great appetite or desire (for)
[Old English hungor; related to Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr, Gothic hūhrus]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hungor "unease or pain caused by lack of food, craving appetite, debility from lack of food," from P.Gmc. *khungrus (cf. O.H.G. hungar, O.N. hungr, Ger. hunger, Du. honger, Goth. huhrus), probably from PIE base *kenk- "to burn, be dry, pain." Hungry is O.E. hungrig.
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hunger hun·ger (hŭng'gər)

  1. A strong desire or need for food.

  2. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.

  3. A strong desire or craving, as for affection.

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