Definition of famish in English:


Line breaks: fam¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈfamɪʃ/

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[with object] archaic
1Reduce (someone) to extreme hunger: they had famished the city into surrender
1.1 [no object] Be extremely hungry.


Middle English: from obsolete fame 'starve, famish', from Old French afamer, based on Latin fames 'hunger'.

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