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Origin of famished
verb (used with or without object) Archaic.
Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famished
North Korea is this impoverished, famished regime, but they have our attention because they have nuclear weapons.
Famished Financier Dear Famished: You, sir, have come to the right place.
Dash Snow was an artist whose subject matter involved rats, famished dogs, squalid sex, police brutality, and street life.
Meanwhile the wolves draw ever nearer and nearer, as their courage rises in response to the voice of their famished bellies.In the Brooding Wild|Ridgwell Cullum
They piled his plate and filled his coffee cup again and again and watched him while he ate like a famished wolf.Army Boys on the Firing Line|Homer Randall
Not till I have had something to eat; I can thank nobody while I am so famished.The Professor|(AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
Their howlings and croakings evidently came from famished mouths.
Endless stories could be told of speculators hoarding food and watching unmoved the sufferings of a famished people.The Day of the Confederacy|Nathaniel W. Stephenson
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.