If the troops in the field were in a half-starved condition, certainly the prisoners would fare worse.
What about that half-starved dog you brought on board in Bankok in your arms.
Tired out, half-starved and as disconsolate as the donkey in the stable, I sat myself on an anthill.
A half-starved dog, that looked like Wolf, was skulking about it.
As that part of the country was full of packs of gray wolves, now half-starved on account of the snow, Lovejoy was alarmed.
It isn't much of a place to ask you to, but—it's quiet, at least, and—you can rest; and you must be half-starved.
From each there went every day to the hospital a wagon-load of half-starved and broken-hearted soldiers who would never return.
Is he a tall, large-framed man, but gaunt and spare as a half-starved hound?
On one side, two grim and half-starved deer greyhounds laid aside their ferocity at his appearance, and seemed to recognise him.
half-starved as the animals looked, they went at a good pace.
Old English steorfan "to die" (past tense stearf, past participle storfen), from Proto-Germanic *sterban "be stiff" (cf. Old Frisian sterva, Dutch sterven, Old High German sterban "to die," Old Norse stjarfi "tetanus"), from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (cf. Greek sterphnios "stiff, rigid," sterphos "hide, skin," Old Church Slavonic strublu "strong, hard;" see stare).
The conjugation became weak in English by 16c. The sense narrowed to "die of cold" (14c.); meaning "to kill with hunger" is first recorded 1520s (earlier to starve of hunger, early 12c.). Intransitive sense of "to die of hunger" dates from 1570s. German cognate sterben retains the original sense of the word, but the English has come so far from its origins that starve to death (1910) is now common.
v. starved, starv·ing, starves
To suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food.
To deprive of food so as to cause suffering or death.