Famish Fam"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Famished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Famishing}.] [OE. famen; cf. OF. afamer, L. fames. See {Famine}, and cf. {Affamish}.] 1. To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hanger. [1913 Webster]

And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. --Cen. xli. 55. [1913 Webster]

The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary. [1913 Webster]

And famish him of breath, if not of bread. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To force or constrain by famine. [1913 Webster]

He had famished Paris into a surrender. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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  • famished — fam|ished [ˈfæmıʃt] adj [not before noun] informal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: fame to make hungry (1300 1400), from Latin fames; FAMINE] extremely hungry = ↑starving ▪ What s for supper? I m famished …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • famished — adjective Date: 15th century intensely hungry; also needy 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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