To Be Starved For, To Have A Thirst For
intransitive verb, ichidan verb
Because the hiragana ends with an う sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means starve and the verb vocab version is to starve.
This is a formal word and it's often used in phrases like 愛情に飢える (to be starved for love) or 知識に飢える (to have a thirst for knowledge).
When you're about to starve, what do you yearn for? Uni (う), of course! As your hunger intensifies, all you can think of is uni!
I’ve been self-studying Japanese for many years and now I’m starving for conversations in Japanese with someone.