a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat caused by need of liquid.
the physical condition resulting from this need, in any of various degrees: They almost died of thirst.
strong or eager desire; craving: a thirst for knowledge.
verb (used without object)
to feel thirst; be thirsty.
to have a strong desire.

before 900; Middle English thirsten (v.), Old English thyrstan, derivative of thurst (noun); cognate with Dutch dorst, German Durst, Old Norse thorsti, Gothic thaurstei; noun has -i- from the v. or from thirsty; see toast1

thirster, noun
unthirsting, adjective Unabridged
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thirst (θɜːst)
1.  a craving to drink, accompanied by a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat
2.  an eager longing, craving, or yearning: a thirst for knowledge
3.  (intr) to feel a thirst: to thirst for a drink; to thirst after righteousness
[Old English thyrstan, from thurst thirst; related to Old Norse thyrsta to thirst, Old High German dursten to thirst, Latin torrēre to parch]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. þurst, from W.Gmc. *thurstus (cf. O.S. thurst, Fris. torst, Du. dorst, O.H.G., Ger. durst), from P.Gmc. *thurs-, from PIE base *ters- "dry" (see terrain). Fig. sense of "vehement desire" is attested from c.1200. The verb is O.E. þyrstan; the fig. sense of
the verb was present in O.E. Thirsty is O.E. þurstig.
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thirst (thûrst)

  1. A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to a need or desire to drink.

  2. The desire or need to drink.

v. thirst·ed, thirst·ing, thirsts
To feel a need to drink.
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