a. A strong desire or need for food.
b. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
2. A strong desire or craving: a hunger for affection.
v. hun·gered, hun·ger·ing, hun·gers
1. To have a need or desire for food.
2. To have a strong desire or craving.
To cause to experience hunger; make hungry.
[Middle English, from Old English hungor.]
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