verb (used without object), starved, starv·ing.
verb (used with object), starved, starv·ing.
- starvation wages,
- stary oskol,
Origin of starve
Examples from the Web for half-starved
They must be half-starved by this time, and will speedily surrender themselves.Guy Fawkes|William Harrison Ainsworth
With her he still lived stingily, kept her half-starved, and put the money into the bank in his own name.The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories|Anton Tchekoff
The men, discontented and half-starved, would have deserted to them had they dared.La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West|Francis Parkman
The family were nearly frozen, half-starved, and completely dazed at the hopelessness of their situation.Le Petit Nord|Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
There was not sufficient spirit left in this half-starved population of a small provincial city to suggest open rebellion.The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
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.