Share this entry
famished Line breaks: fam|ished
Pronunciation: /ˈfamɪʃt/

Definition of famished in English:


Extremely hungry: I’m famished—is there anything to eat? the evacuees were famished, having had no food for 12 hours
More 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.
very hungry, ravenous, starving, starving to death, starved, dying of hunger, faint from lack of food, deprived of food, empty;
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'.

Definition of famished in:
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.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words