Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

thirst

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun thirst pronunciation in British English /θɜː(r)st/
  1. 1
    [singular] the feeling that you are thirsty
    quench your thirst (=drink until you are no longer thirsty):

    She drank and drank but couldn't quench her thirst.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the state of not having enough to drink

    Villagers were nearly dying of thirst when water supplies arrived.

  3. 3
    [singular] a strong feeling of wanting to have or do something
    thirst for:

    The materials are designed to satisfy young people's thirst for knowledge.

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog