Definition of famished in English:

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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'.

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Syllabification: fam·ished

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