How Do You Spell THIRST?

Pronunciation: [θˈɜːst] (IPA)

The word "thirst" is spelled with the letter combination "th" which represents a voiced dental fricative sound /ð/. This sound is produced by placing the tip of the tongue behind the upper front teeth and exhaling air while vibrating the vocal cords. The "i" is pronounced with a short /ɜ/ sound, followed by the rounded vowel sound /əʊ/ represented by the letter combination "ir". The final consonant cluster "st" is pronounced with a voiceless alveolar fricative sound /s/ followed by an unaspirated voiceless alveolar stop sound /t/.

THIRST Meaning and Definition

  1. Thirst is a noun referring to the sensation or desire for fluids, particularly water, in the body due to the need to rehydrate. It is a physiological response to a lack of adequate water levels in the body, often accompanied by a dry sensation in the mouth and throat. Thirst typically arises from factors such as excessive sweating, prolonged physical activity, exposure to high temperatures, or dehydration resulting from insufficient intake of fluids.

    In addition to the physical sensation, thirst can also be used metaphorically to describe an intense, desperate longing or craving for something. This figurative notion of thirst refers to a strong desire or urge for something non-physical, such as knowledge, success, or love. It conveys a sense of urgency and passion, similar to the physical sensation of thirst.

    Thirst can also be interpreted in the context of a desire for knowledge or understanding. This intellectual thirst is an earnest longing to acquire more knowledge or to expand one's understanding of a particular subject. It reflects a hunger for learning and a pursuit of knowledge to satisfy one's intellectual curiosity.

    Overall, thirst encompasses both the physical need for hydration and the metaphorical longing for something non-physical, such as emotional fulfillment or knowledge. It represents a compelling desire that prompts action to quench the perceived deprivation or longing, whether through drinking water, seeking emotional connection, or gaining knowledge and understanding.

  2. A desire for drink associated with uncomfortable sensations in the mouth and pharynx; dipsa sitis.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

  3. • The sensation of a desire for swallowing a liquid, as water; a painful sense caused by the want of drink; eager desire after a thing wanted; vehement eagerness.
    • To feel the want of a liquid, as water; to suffer from the want of drink; to have a vehement desire for a thing.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of THIRST

The word "thirst" originated from Old English "þurst", which is derived from the Proto-Germanic word "*þurstuz". This Proto-Germanic term likely evolved from the Proto-Indo-European root "*ters-", meaning "dry". The word "thirst" has remained relatively consistent in its meaning and pronunciation throughout its history in various Germanic languages.

Idioms with the word THIRST

  • thirst for sth The idiom "thirst for something" refers to a strong and intense desire or craving for something, often not related to literal thirst for water. It implies a deep longing or hunger for a particular experience, knowledge, success, power, or any other object of desire.
  • have a thirst for sth The idiom "have a thirst for something" means to have a strong desire or craving for something, usually in a metaphorical sense. It describes an intense longing or eagerness to pursue or obtain a particular thing, whether it be knowledge, success, adventure, or any other aspect of life. It reflects a deep hunger or passion for achieving or experiencing that particular thing.
  • get up a thirst The idiom "get up a thirst" means to engage in physical activity or work that causes one to feel thirsty or desire a drink. It implies working or exerting oneself to the extent of feeling a strong need for hydration.
  • thirst-aid station A humorous or slang term for a bar or place where alcoholic beverages are served.
  • quench (one's) thirst at any dirty puddle To be willing to do anything in order to satisfy one's needs or desires, even if it means sacrificing standards or morals.

Similar spelling words for THIRST

Plural form of THIRST is THIRSTS

Conjugate verb Thirst


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you thirst
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to thirst


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