famish


fam·ish

verb \ˈfa-mish\

Definition of FAMISH

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to suffer severely from hunger
2
archaic :  to cause to starve to death
intransitive verb
1
archaic :  starve
2
:  to suffer for lack of something necessary <a moment when French poetry in particular was famishing for such invention — T. S. Eliot>
fam·ish·ment \-mənt\ noun

Origin of FAMISH

Middle English, probably alteration of famen, from Anglo-French afamer, from Vulgar Latin *affamare, from Latin ad- + fames
First Known Use: 15th century

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