Definition of famished in English:



  • Extremely hungry.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyways, I got to go because my mother said dinner is done and I have to eat something because I'm famished.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had been too sorrowful earlier to notice but now that Bryan mentioned it, he was famished, he hadn't eaten all day.’
    • ‘Ashton while we do this go into the kitchen and eat something, you look famished.’
    • ‘She had to admit she was quite hungry, famished even.’
    • ‘Oh well, I'm famished and a good meal is what I need.’
    • ‘We were running a little late and I was famished, so we broke a rule and had a light lunch in the coffee shop.’
    • ‘I was absolutely famished but could not manage more than a third of the serving.’
    • ‘She'd had no sleep the night before and she was famished.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Speaking of being hungry for Greek, get me to the nearest falafel stand - I'm famished!’
    • ‘Boy, I'm famished… can we stop at a café and eat before we meet up with Tamika?’
    very hungry, ravenous, starving, starving to death, starved, dying of hunger, faint from lack of food, deprived of food, empty
    undernourished, malnourished, half-starved, unfed
    sharp-set, esurient
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Late Middle English: past participle of the verb famish, from Middle English fame starve, from Old French afamer, based on Latin fames hunger.