verb (used with or without object) Archaic.
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Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famish
In many places it strives to famish them, or takes delight in annoying them.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
Rag lets Famish accompany him to Tattersall's, and sells him bargains in horse-flesh, and uses Famish's cab.The Book of Snobs|William Makepeace Thackeray
"I lack some bread to give to those that famish, and I'll pay for that which I receive," was her reply.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Hogg
Already languishing from sheer fatigue, must she now famish also?A Gentleman Player|Robert Neilson Stephens
Never varlets So triumph'd o'er an old fat man: I was famish'd.The Plays of Philip Massinger|Philip Massinger
Word Origin for famish
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.