OE. famen; cf. OF. afamer, L. fames. See Famine, and cf. Affamish.


to Famish

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to Famish (third-person singular simple present famishes, present participle famishing, simple past and past participle famished)
  1. (transitive) To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger.
  2. (transitive) To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hunger.
    • And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. -- Cen. xli. 55.
    • The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden.
  3. (transitive) To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary.
    • And famish him of breath, if not of bread. -- Milton.
  4. (transitive) To force or constrain by famine.
    • He had famished Paris into a surrender. -- Burke.
  5. (intransitive) To die of hunger; to starve.
  6. (intransitive) To suffer extreme hunger or thirst, so as to be exhausted in strength, or to come near to perish.
    • You are all resolved rather to die than to famish? -- Shakespeare
  7. (intransitive) To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary.
    • The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish. -- Prov. x. 3.


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