- An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food.
- Any strong eager desire."O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!" [Spenser.]"For hunger of my gold I die." [Dryden.]
Note: ☞ The sensation of hunger is usually referred to the stomach, but is probably dependent on excitation of the sensory nerves, both of the stomach and intestines, and perhaps also on indirect impressions from other organs, more or less exhausted from lack of nutriment.
Etymology: AS. hungor; akin to OFries. hunger, D. honger, OS. & OHG. hungar, G. hunger, Icel. hungr, Sw. & Dan. hunger, Goth. h�hrus hunger, huggrjan to hunger