- extremely hungry: to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.
Origin of famished
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- to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve.
- to starve to death.
Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famished
North Korea is this impoverished, famished regime, but they have our attention because they have nuclear weapons.What Bret Stephens Said At Yeshiva University
October 25, 2013
Famished Financier Dear Famished: You, sir, have come to the right place.A Declaration of Financial Independence
February 26, 2013
Dash Snow was an artist whose subject matter involved rats, famished dogs, squalid sex, police brutality, and street life.Dash Snow: Death of an Art Star
Ana Finel Honigman
July 16, 2009
It was simply a bare, gaunt, famished skeleton, slaying his way along.The Uncommercial Traveller
That's well—and that ould Matthew is as obstinate a neger as ever famished his stomach.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
These she produced likewise; and he ate and drank with the voracity of a famished hound.Barnaby Rudge
It seemed to Madame Francois that he was in far too famished a condition to have got drunk.The Fat and the Thin
However, that was a slight affair, and Vance was far too famished to be particular.Prince Vance
- (now usually passive) to be or make very hungry or weak
- archaic to die or cause to die from starvation
- Irish to make very coldI was famished with the cold
Word Origin and History for famished
c.1400, famyschen, alteration of famen (late 14c.), a shortening of Old French afamer, from Vulgar Latin *affamare "to bring to hunger," from ad famem, from Latin fames "hunger" (see famine).
Ending changed mid-14c. to -ish under influence of ravish, anguish, etc. The intransitive sense is from 1520s. Related: Famished; famishing.