verb (used with object), verb (used without object) Archaic.
to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve.
to starve to death.

1350–1400; Middle English famisshe, equivalent to famen to starve (< Anglo-French, Middle French afamer < Vulgar Latin *affamāre, equivalent to Latin af- af- + famāre, derivative of famēs hunger) + -isshe -ish2

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famish (ˈfæmɪʃ)
1.  (now usually passive) to be or make very hungry or weak
2.  archaic to die or cause to die from starvation
3.  (Irish) to make very cold: I was famished with the cold
[C14: from Old French afamer, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēsfamine]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, famen, aphetic of O.Fr. afamer, from V.L. *affamare "to bring to hunger," from ad famem, from L. fames "hunger." Ending changed mid-14c. to -ish under influence of ravish, anguish, etc. The intrans. sense is from 1520s. Related: Famished.
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Example sentences
AH the time the waiters are to famish all sorts of songs and dances.
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