verb (used with or without object) Archaic.
Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famish
Historical Examples of famish
I sat on a hay-stack, and spoke nothing for some hours; for I was to famish them from words.George Fox
Never varlets So triumph'd o'er an old fat man: I was famish'd.The Plays of Philip Massinger
Already languishing from sheer fatigue, must she now famish also?A Gentleman Player
Robert Neilson Stephens
I famish to begin again—and I will make time for that, and the girls too!The Young Step-Mother
Charlotte M. Yonge
Relief must soon come from some quarter, else many in this community will famish.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
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.