I sat on a hay-stack, and spoke nothing for some hours; for I was to famish them from words.
Never varlets So triumph'd o'er an old fat man: I was famish'd.
I famish to begin again—and I will make time for that, and the girls too!
Already languishing from sheer fatigue, must she now famish also?
"I lack some bread to give to those that famish, and I'll pay for that which I receive," was her reply.
But the tendency to famish us displayed by our Rulers was not calculated to improve the morale of a civilian, or any, army.
Rag was a gambling snob, and famish a drunken snob,—but they were not specially military snobs.
The gorging a royal kitchen may stint and famish the negotiations of a kingdom.
Deprive her of that, and you starve her as effectually as you famish a human being by abstraction of food.
But, in the interim, she must starve and famish like a white mouse learning to dance.'
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.