- Famish is defined as to make or be hungry, starving or weak.
An example of famish is for a person to not eat for a week.
- to make or be very hungry; make or become weak from hunger
- Obsolete to starve to death
Origin: Middle English famishen, altered (after verbs ending inch(es) -ish-: see -ish) ; from famen, aphetic ; from Old French afamer ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form affamare ; from Classical Latin ad, to plush fames, hunger: see famine
- famishment noun
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verb fam·ished, fam·ish·ing, fam·ish·es verb, transitive
- To cause to endure severe hunger.
- To cause to starve to death.
- To endure severe deprivation, especially of food.
- To undergo starvation and die.
Origin: Middle English famishen, alteration of famen, from Old French afamer, from Vulgar Latin *affamāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin famēs, hunger.
- famˈish·ment noun