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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hun"ger
  1. An uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food.
  2. 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

verb Hun"ger
  1. To feel the craving or uneasiness occasioned by want of food; to be oppressed by hunger.
  2. To have an eager desire; to long."Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteouness." [Matt. v. 6.]

Etymology: OE. hungren, AS. hyngrian. See Hunger (n.)

verb Hun"ger
To make hungry; to famish.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Strong desire for something (not food or drink) ("hunger for affection")
  2. A physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
  3. Be hungry; go without food
  4. Have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  5. Feel the need to eat

From Middle English hunger, from Old English hungor (“hunger, desire; famine”), from Proto-Germanic *hungruz, *hunhruz (“hunger”), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk- (“to burn, smart, desire, hunger, thirst”). Compare Dutch honger, German and Low German Hunger, Swedish hunger.

  1. A need or compelling desire for food.
  2. (by extension) Any strong desire.
    I have a to win.

From Old English hyngran.

    hunger was also found in the following language(s): German, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Hunger

    Sophie Hunger is a jazz fusion singer-songwriter and film score. She plays Guitar, Richter-tuned harmonica, Piano, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Sophie was given the name Émilie Jeanne-Sophie Welti on March 31st, 1983 in Bern. Sophie is also known as Emilie Welti.


    Olaf I Hunger is royalty. His career lasted from 1086 to 1095.


    Daniela Hunger is a swimmer. Daniela was born on March 20th, 1972 in East Berlin.


    Saint Hunger is a saint.


    Hans-Joachim was born on March 8th, 1921 in Königsberg.


    Hermann was born in 1942.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Hunger U.S.
      White 92.64% 64.26%
      African American 3.17% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.63% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.54% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.60% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Hunger are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Hunger

    • How Popular is the name Hunger? As a last name Hunger was the 22,131st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Hunger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Hunger is Monday, November 28th, 2005.
    • How unique is the name Hunger? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Hunger. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Hunger: Your name in reverse order is Regnuh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rugnhe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Hunger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,168 people with the last name Hunger.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hunger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hunger as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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