verb[with object] archaic
1Reduce (someone) to extreme hunger: they had famished the city into surrender
More example sentences
- Many people also opt for famishing themselves in order to shed weight more quickly. But famishing oneself is not a recommendation of quick weight loss.
- I was still wondering what famished them, since the reason for their leanness, and their skin's sad scurf, was not obvious yet.
1.1 [no object] Be extremely hungry.
- Jordan said: ‘It looked famished and was a bit unsteady on its feet.’
- Burning off fat rather than energy stored in muscles also means you are less likely to feel famished after an exercise session and order that self-defeating portion of fries at the health club restaurant.
- And some of them arrived in very bad states of malnutrition, also [suffering from] skin diseases and very, very famished and exhausted.
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