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

Definition of famished

: intensely hungry also : needy sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for famished



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'famished.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of famished

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about famished

Time Traveler for famished

Time Traveler

The first known use of famished was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for famished

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for famished



English Language Learners Definition of famished

informal : very hungry


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

Kids Definition of famished

: very hungry

Comments on famished

What made you want to look up famished? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!