1. a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat caused by need of liquid.
  2. the physical condition resulting from this need, in any of various degrees: They almost died of thirst.
  3. strong or eager desire; craving: a thirst for knowledge.

verb (used without object)

  1. to feel thirst; be thirsty.
  2. to have a strong desire.


  1. a craving to drink, accompanied by a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat
  2. an eager longing, craving, or yearninga thirst for knowledge


  1. (intr) to feel a thirstto thirst for a drink; to thirst after righteousness

n.Old English þurst, from West Germanic *thurstus (cf. Old Saxon thurst, Frisian torst, Dutch dorst, Old High German and German durst), from Proto-Germanic *thurs-, from PIE root *ters- “dry” (see terrain). Figurative sense of “vehement desire” is attested from c.1200. v.Old English þyrstan (see thirst (n.)); the figurative sense of the verb was present in Old English. Related: Thirsted; thirsting. n.

  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.


  1. To feel a need to drink.

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