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Origin of famish
Examples from the Web for famishing
A dozen or more fell into the boat, and were eagerly seized and killed by the famishing crew.The Voyage of the "Steadfast"|W.H.G. Kingston
Many of them are evidently sometimes in a famishing condition.The Youthful Wanderer|George H. Heffner
The abbat told her that her famishing state was known, and that hope of escape there was none.A Legend of Reading Abbey|Charles MacFarlane
I saw that he was famishing, so I restrained my curiosity till I had placed some rice and pork and Indian corn bread before him.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
I want it as one wants water when one's famishing, and bread when one's starving.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
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.