half famished


extremely hungry: to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see famish, -ed2

half-famished, adjective

See hungry.
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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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