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famished

[fam-isht] /ˈfæm ɪʃt/
adjective
1.
extremely hungry:
to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.
Origin of famished
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at famish, -ed2
Related forms
half-famished, adjective

famish

[fam-ish] /ˈfæm ɪʃ/
verb (used with or without object), Archaic.
1.
to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve.
2.
to starve to death.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English famisshe, equivalent to famen to starve (< Anglo-French, Middle French afamer < Vulgar Latin *affamāre, equivalent to Latin af- af- + famāre, derivative of famēs hunger) + -isshe -ish2
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  • It was simply a bare, gaunt, famished skeleton, slaying his way along.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • That's well—and that ould Matthew is as obstinate a neger as ever famished his stomach.

  • These she produced likewise; and he ate and drank with the voracity of a famished hound.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • It seemed to Madame Francois that he was in far too famished a condition to have got drunk.

  • However, that was a slight affair, and Vance was far too famished to be particular.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • This, you may imagine, the famished Prince was only too glad to do.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • Oh, mother, the famine was sore, and he was kind to the famished people!

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for famished

famish

/ˈfæmɪʃ/
verb
1.
(now usually passive) to be or make very hungry or weak
2.
(archaic) to die or cause to die from starvation
3.
(Irish) to make very cold: I was famished with the cold
Derived Forms
famishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French afamer, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēsfamine
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Word Origin and History for famished

famish

v.

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.

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