Hypertext Webster Gateway: "famished"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

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

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

The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden.

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

And famish him of breath, if not of bread. --Milton.

4. To force or constrain by famine.

He had famished Paris into a surrender. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : 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},

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