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 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 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

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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 25 May. 2020.

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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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