verb (used without object), starved, starv·ing.
verb (used with object), starved, starv·ing.
Origin of starve
Examples from the Web for half-starved
Historical Examples of half-starved
Hadn't money enough to cross the bridge, and was half-starved.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
And, as sure as I'm a half-starved vagabond, I smell roast meat in it.Tanglewood Tales
Those poor, half-starved postmen must have helped themselves to it.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
What about that half-starved dog you brought on board in Bankok in your arms.An Outcast of the Islands
Reflecting in the first place that he was half-starved, I got him a meal.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
Word Origin for starve
Old English steorfan "to die" (past tense stearf, past participle storfen), from Proto-Germanic *sterban "be stiff" (cf. Old Frisian sterva, Dutch sterven, Old High German sterban "to die," Old Norse stjarfi "tetanus"), from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek sterphnios "stiff, rigid," sterphos "hide, skin," Old Church Slavonic strublu "strong, hard;" see stare).
The conjugation became weak in English by 16c. The sense narrowed to "die of cold" (14c.); meaning "to kill with hunger" is first recorded 1520s (earlier to starve of hunger, early 12c.). Intransitive sense of "to die of hunger" dates from 1570s. German cognate sterben retains the original sense of the word, but the English has come so far from its origins that starve to death (1910) is now common.