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

Definition of famished

: intensely hungry also : needy sense 1

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Synonyms & Antonyms for famished


empty, hungry, peckish [chiefly British], starved, starving


full, sated, satiate, satiated, satisfied

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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

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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 During the sequence, a famished Mrs. Costanza screams for George to get her something to eat. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 For the famished Harden and Paul, losing to the Warriors would be a devastating blow, one that would require months of soul-searching. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "NBA backcourt supremacy: Can the Splash Brothers hold their edge?," 12 May 2018 Well, consider Thanos the most enthusiastic—and unfortunately, also the most super-powered—disciple of Thomas Robert Malthus, who argued that appetites would always outstrip resources, leaving humankind perpetually poor and famished. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Avengers: Infinity War Is an Extraordinary Juggling Act," 26 Apr. 2018 After the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia howled like a famished wolf pack, Kenney and DiCicco put their tails between their legs and retreated. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Philly's Pine-in-the-sky plan to flip bike lanes | Stu Bykofsky," 29 Mar. 2018 Food for famished bears Polar bears can now be found across the Arctic Circle from Alaska to Russia. NBC News, "Scientists hatch bold plan to save polar bears," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of famished

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of famished

informal : very hungry


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

Kids Definition of famished

: very hungry

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