verb (used without object), starved, starv·ing.
verb (used with object), starved, starv·ing.
Origin of starve
Related formshalf-starved, adjectivehalf-starv·ing, adjectiveself-starved, adjectiveun·starved, adjective
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