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famished

[ fam-isht ]
/ ˈfæm ɪʃt /
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adjective

extremely hungry: to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.

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Origin of famished

Late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at famish, -ed2

synonym study for famished

See hungry.

OTHER WORDS FROM famished

half-famished, adjective
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