fam·​ished ˈfa-misht How to pronounce famished (audio)
: intensely hungry
also : needy sense 1

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 Her eyes, so Mesopotamian, now overwhelmed her famished face. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 After marathon talks that saw Cameron and his team sustain themselves on 23 bags of Haribo gummy sweets and a famished German Chancellor Angela Merkel forced to pop around the corner for some Belgian Frites with mayonnaise, the United Kingdom and its European partners finally reached an agreement. R. Daniel Kelemen, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2016 In Jamaica, new arrivals were so famished and overworked that about half of them died within two or three years, said Vincent Brown, a history professor at Harvard. David Segal, New York Times, 8 July 2023 About 30 miles west of Space Town, Katy's food scene has emerged into something special for every famished foodie. Vicki Salemi, Chron, 23 Apr. 2023 But the owner, a rubber tapper, was not there, and Rondon refused to allow his famished men to help themselves to the provisions. Larry Rohter, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2023 Celebrities at the Oscars have often joked about feeling famished during the ceremony, which is known to run late. Ashley Wong, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2023 Napoleon slumped into his dining chair, filthy, famished and harboring exceedingly high standards for army food. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2023 In recent years, the province — one of the nation’s poorest — has suffered from a crippling drought that wilted fields and famished farm animals. Christina Goldbaum, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Famished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/famished. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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