famished

adjective
fam·​ished | \ ˈfa-misht How to pronounce famished (audio) \

Definition of famished

: intensely hungry also : needy sense 1

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Examples of famished in a Sentence

What's for supper? I'm famished. after a full day of skiing, I was feeling absolutely famished
Recent Examples on the Web Farrier’s terrific writing matches hard fact with metaphors pulled from mythology, Ben Okri’s parable of a famished road, and even Italo Calvino’s many permutations of a city. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 And when a nighttime hunt goes awry, vampire bats will gather around a famished friend or family member to feed them gulps of regurgitated blood, passed directly from mouth to mouth. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Illness Strikes, Vampire Bat Moms Will Still Socialize With Their Kids," 13 Mar. 2020 Coronavirus seems to pounce on these attributes, like a famished vagrant at a free all-you-can-eat buffet. Sam Adams, The Denver Post, "Sam Adams: As a stand-up comedian I frequently joke about race, but the Douglas County Republicans should be ashamed of that cartoon," 17 July 2020 Is this famished man handicapped, or neglected, or dying alone silently? Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Into the Uncharted Zone: Diao Yinan’s ‘The Wild Goose Lake’," 14 Mar. 2020 All of it was a far cry from the famished African children on the TV screens of my childhood. Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times, "Jacqueline Woodson on Africa, America and Slavery’s Fierce Undertow," 9 Dec. 2019 And maize, which is packed with calories, is critical to survival in the famished country. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Lab-grown meat, GMOs, high-tech ag: 'Fate of Food' explores solutions to global food crisis," 6 June 2019 Chile Relleno Burrito, La Azteca Tortillería, Los Angeles This place is raved about by famished travelers and locals alike, the chile relleno burrito at La Azteca Tortilleria is a thing of beauty and a destination unto itself. Fox News, "America's best burritos," 20 Nov. 2015 Leaving guests standing around at the end of a long day nursing cocktails and nibbling on liliputian canapes (however delicious) only leaves them famished and restless. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "Whatever Happened to Arriving on Time for a Dinner Party?," 28 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of famished

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Famished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famished. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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famished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of famished

informal : very hungry

famished

adjective
fam·​ished | \ ˈfa-misht How to pronounce famished (audio) \

Kids Definition of famished

: very hungry

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