famished
adjective Date: 15th century intensely hungry; also needy 1

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  • famished — [adj] starving could eat a horse*, dog hungry*, empty, flying light*, having the munchies*, hollow, hungering, hungry, ravening, ravenous, starved, starved to death*, voracious; concepts 20,406,546 Ant. full, sated, satiated, satisfied …   New thesaurus

  • famished — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ extremely hungry …   English terms dictionary

  • Famished — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • famished — /fam isht/, adj. extremely hungry: to be famished after a hike; famished, homeless multitudes. [1375 1425; late ME; see FAMISH, ED2] Syn. See hungry. * * * …   Universalium

  • famished — [[t]fæ̱mɪʃt[/t]] ADJ: usu v link ADJ If you are famished, you are very hungry. [INFORMAL] Isn t dinner ready? I m famished. Syn: starving …   English dictionary

  • famished — Synonyms and related words: bare handed, beggarly, craving, dog hungry, empty, empty handed, famishing, fasting, half famished, half starved, hungering, hungry, ill off, ill equipped, ill furnished, ill provided, impoverished, on short commons,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • 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

  • famished — adjective (not before noun) informal extremely hungry: What s for supper? I m famished …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • famished — adjective the hikers were famished by the time they reached camp Syn: ravenous, hungry, starving, starved, empty, unfed; informal peckish Ant: full …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • famished — adjective extremely hungry they were tired and famished for food and sleep a ravenous boy the family was starved and ragged fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy • Syn: ↑ravenous, ↑sharp set, ↑starved, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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