Definition of famished in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈfamiSHt/


Extremely hungry.
Example sentences
  • She had to admit she was quite hungry, famished even.
  • Ashton while we do this go into the kitchen and eat something, you look famished.
  • We were running a little late and I was famished, so we broke a rule and had a light lunch in the coffee shop.
ravenous, hungry, starving, starved, empty, unfed
informal peckish


Late Middle English: past participle of the verb famish, from Middle English fame 'starve,' from Old French afamer, based on Latin fames 'hunger'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.