Definition of famished in US English:

famished

adjective

informal
  • Extremely hungry.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘She'd had no sleep the night before and she was famished.’
    • ‘Ashton while we do this go into the kitchen and eat something, you look famished.’
    • ‘Oh well, I'm famished and a good meal is what I need.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was absolutely famished but could not manage more than a third of the serving.’
    • ‘Anyways, I got to go because my mother said dinner is done and I have to eat something because I'm famished.’
    • ‘He had been too sorrowful earlier to notice but now that Bryan mentioned it, he was famished, he hadn't eaten all day.’
    • ‘Boy, I'm famished… can we stop at a café and eat before we meet up with Tamika?’
    • ‘She had to admit she was quite hungry, famished even.’
    • ‘Speaking of being hungry for Greek, get me to the nearest falafel stand - I'm 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
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Origin

Late Middle English: past participle of the verb famish, from Middle English fame ‘starve’, from Old French afamer, based on Latin fames ‘hunger’.

Pronunciation

famished

/ˈfamiSHt//ˈfæmɪʃt/