- to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve.
- to starve to death.
Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famishing
A famishing man has never yet been hung for stealing to sustain life.Eventide
She was glad to eat heartily, for she was famishing with hunger.Little Folks (October 1884)
Millions upon millions are famishing for the bread and water of life.Thoughts on Missions
One day the writer was accosted by a weaver who was in a famishing condition.India, Its Life and Thought
John P. Jones
The famishing men feasted so ravenously that most of them became ill.Deerfoot in The Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
- (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 famishing
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.