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
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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of famished

: very hungry

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