One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extremely hungry.‘I'm famished—is there anything to eat?’‘the evacuees were famished, having had no food for 12 hours’
very hungry, ravenous, starving, starving to death, starved, dying of hunger, faint from lack of food, deprived of food, emptyView synonyms
- ‘Anyways, I got to go because my mother said dinner is done and I have to eat something because I'm famished.’
- ‘I was absolutely famished but could not manage more than a third of the serving.’
- ‘Ashton while we do this go into the kitchen and eat something, you look famished.’
- ‘She'd had no sleep the night before and she was famished.’
- ‘Since we were all famished and couldn't wait to get to a restaurant, the rest of us stayed in the van while Ramon went inside to get his brother.’
- ‘We were running a little late and I was famished, so we broke a rule and had a light lunch in the coffee shop.’
- ‘He had been too sorrowful earlier to notice but now that Bryan mentioned it, he was famished, he hadn't eaten all day.’
- ‘She had to admit she was quite hungry, famished even.’
- ‘‘The last of us finally got home at 8am, but only because we were famished - and couldn't find a cafe open to cook us breakfast,’ said coach Andy Geary.’
- ‘I was famished by the time we came to the canteen and, for once, the whole group was assembled there - - only, they sat at separate tables.’
- ‘Oh well, I'm famished and a good meal is what I need.’
- ‘Boy, I'm famished… can we stop at a café and eat before we meet up with Tamika?’
- ‘Speaking of being hungry for Greek, get me to the nearest falafel stand - I'm famished!’
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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