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Noun, Verb (intransitive)


Noun thirst has 2 senses

Verb thirst has 2 senses


thirstn. [OE. thirst, , AS. , ; akin to D. dorst, OS. thurst, G. durst, Icel. , Sw. & Dan. törst, Goth. thirst, dry, withered, I thirst, ga to wither, L. torrere to parch, Gr. te`rsesqai to become dry, tesai`nein to dry up, Skr. t to thirst. √54. Cf. Torrid.].
  •  A sensation of dryness in the throat associated with a craving for liquids, produced by deprivation of drink, or by some other cause (as fear, excitement, etc.) which arrests the secretion of the pharyngeal mucous membrane; hence, the condition producing this sensation.  [1913 Webster]
    "Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, and our children . . . with thirst?"  [1913 Webster]
    "With thirst, with cold, with hunger so confounded."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; -- usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold.  [1913 Webster]
thirstv. t. [AS. . See Thirst, n.].
  •  To feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink.  [1913 Webster]
    "The people thirsted there for water."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To have a vehement desire.  [1913 Webster]
    "My soul thirsteth for . . . the living God."  [1913 Webster]
thirstv. t. 
     To have a thirst for.  [1913 Webster]
    "He seeks his keeper's flesh, and thirsts his blood."  [1913 Webster]


thirst, n. & v.
1 a physical need to drink liquid, or the feeling of discomfort caused by this.
2 a strong desire or craving (a thirst for power).
--v.intr. (often foll. by for or after)
1 feel thirst.
2 have a strong desire.

OE thurst, thyrstan f. WG



ache, an universal wolf, appetence, appetency, appetite, appetition, aridity, aridness, avidity, be ravenous, canine appetite, corkiness, covet, coveting, crave, craving, desire, drink up, drought, dryness, eagerness, emptiness, empty stomach, enthusiasm, eye hungrily, fancy, feel hungry, hanker, hanker after, hankering, have a tapeworm, hollow hunger, hunger, hunger after, hunger for, hungriness, itch, itching, juicelessness, long for, longing, lust, lust after, lust for, mania, passion, pine, polydipsia, prurience, pruriency, raven, ravenousness, relish, saplessness, sexual desire, soak up, sponge up, starve, stomach, sweet tooth, tapeworm, taste, thirst for, thirstiness, torment of Tantalus, voraciousness, voracity, waterlessness, watertight integrity, watertightness, wish, wish for, yearn, yearn for, yearning, yen




N desire, wish, fancy, fantasy, want, need, exigency, mind, inclination, leaning, bent, animus, partiality, penchant, predilection, propensity, willingness, liking, love, fondness, relish, longing, hankering, inkling, solicitude, anxiety, yearning, coveting, aspiration, ambition, vaulting ambition, eagerness, zeal, ardor, empressement, breathless impatience, overanxiety, impetuosity, appetite, appetition, appetence, appetency, sharp appetite, keenness, hunger, stomach, twist, thirst, thirstiness, drouth, mouthwatering, itch, itching, prurience, cacoethes, cupidity, lust, concupiscence, edge of appetite, edge of hunger, torment of Tantalus, sweet tooth, lickerish tooth, itching palm, longing eye, wistful eye, sheep's eye, greed, voracity, passion, rage, furore, mania, manie, inextinguishable desire, dipsomania, kleptomania, lover, amateur, votary, devotee, aspirant, solicitant, candidate, applicant, supplicant, cormorant, desideratum, want, a consummation devoutly to be wished, attraction, magnet, allurement, fancy, temptation, seduction, fascination, prestige, height of one's ambition, idol, whim, whimsy, whimsey, maggot, hobby, hobby-horse, Fortunatus's cap, wishing cap, wishing stone, wishing well, desirous, desiring, inclined, partial to, fain, wishful, optative, anxious, wistful, curious, at a loss for, sedulous, solicitous, craving, hungry, sharp-set, peckish, ravening, with an empty stomach, esurient, lickerish, thirsty, athirst, parched with thirst, pinched with hunger, famished, dry, drouthy, hungry as a hunter, hungry as a hawk, hungry as a horse, hungry as a church mouse, hungry as a bear, greedy, unsatisfied, unsated, unslaked, unsaturated, eager, avid, keen, burning, fervent, ardent, agog, all agog, breathless, impatient, bent on, intent on, set on, bent upon, intent upon, set upon, mad after, enrage, rabid, dying for, devoured by desire, aspiring, ambitious, vaulting, skyaspiring, high-reaching, desirable, desired, in demand, pleasing, appetizing, appetible, tantalizing, wistfully, fain, Int, would that, would that it were!, O for!, esto perpetual, the wish being father to the thought, sua cuique voluptas, hoc erat in votis, the mouth watering, the fingers itching, aut Caesar aut nullus, Cassius has a lean and hungry look, hungry as the grave, I was born to other things, not what we wish but what we want, such joy ambition finds, the sea hath bounds but deep desire hath none, ubi mel ibi apes.

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