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famished

[fam-isht] /ˈfæm ɪʃt/
adjective
1.
extremely hungry:
to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.
Origin of famished
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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  • The famished child gave a little cry and reached both hands.

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  • It seemed to Madame Francois that he was in far too famished a condition to have got drunk.

  • Seven more days of marching, with hungry stomachs and famished horses and then, Moscow!

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  • However, that was a slight affair, and Vance was far too famished to be particular.

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  • Some distance off an outcast horse was attacked by thousands of famished crows.

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  • This, you may imagine, the famished Prince was only too glad to do.

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  • One reads of famished wretches who have tried to nourish life from the current of their own veins.

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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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