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famished

[fam-isht] /ˈfæm ɪʃt/
adjective
1.
extremely hungry:
to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see famish, -ed2
Related forms
half-famished, adjective
Synonyms
See hungry.

famish

[fam-ish] /ˈfæm ɪʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Archaic.
1.
to suffer or cause to suffer extreme hunger; starve.
2.
to starve to death.
Origin
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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  • He would act famished and would grab food as if he was starving.
  • It's not the lack of food, but the regime's refusal to let it reach the famished.
  • Elephant ivory paid for weaponry, while other wildlife became bush meat for soldiers and famished villagers.
  • Bulimics often skip meals until they are famished and then binge and purge.
  • famished townsfolk have already eaten their neighbours' dogs and are reduced to scrounging for snails.
  • But it also sets up a stand inside that caters to the famished stars who drop by after the awards.
  • The aim was to provide cheap nourishment for a famished nation.
  • Or when the famished pair sneaked food into their hotel room because they feared they could not afford the hotel's meals.
  • Certainly, the burgeoning game industry is famished for new talent.
  • famished children in refugee camps find themselves unable to outpace and catch lizards.
British Dictionary definitions for famished

famish

/ˈfæmɪʃ/
verb
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
Derived Forms
famishment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French afamer, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēsfamine
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Word Origin and History for famished

famish

v.

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.

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