famish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v famish die of food deprivation "The political prisoners starved to death","Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
    • v famish deprive of food "They starved the prisoners"
    • v famish be hungry; go without food "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Famish To die of hunger; to starve.
    • Famish To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to distress with hanger. "And when all the land of Egypt was famished , the people cried to Pharaoh for bread.""The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel."
    • Famish To force or constrain by famine. "He had famished Paris into a surrender."
    • Famish To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation or denial of anything necessary. "And famish him of breath, if not of bread."
    • Famish To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger.
    • Famish 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 ?"
    • Famish To suffer extremity from deprivation of anything essential or necessary. "The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • famish To deprive of nourishment; keep or cause to be insufficiently supplied with food or drink; starve; destroy, exhaust, or distress with hunger or thirst.
    • famish To suffer extreme hunger or thirst; be exhausted through want of food or drink; suffer extremity by deprivation of any necessary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Famish fam′ish to starve
    • v.i Famish to die or suffer extreme hunger or thirst
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Quotations

  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. famen,; cf. OF. afamer, L. fames,. See Famine, and cf. Affamish

Usage

In literature:

Who ever went famishing from an Indian's wigwam?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Actually I'm beginning to feel famished.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
This terrible lord of the forest, of grim visage and gaping jaws, and famishing with hunger, filleth me with fright.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
He is no disciple of the gaunt and famished school of simplicity.
"The Illustrated London Reading Book" by Various
On the other hand, to be famished the greater part of the time was a very conscious hardship.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
The boys were hungry, as may be supposed, and they fell to eating like a couple of famished wanderers.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
We are almost famished.
"The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales" by Frank R. Stockton
Jules's famished little heart drank in all this unusual kindness and attention as greedily as the parched earth drinks in the rain.
"The Gate of the Giant Scissors" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Besides being half famished we all took time between bites to talk.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
At the corners of the streets were rude improvised tables behind which stood men and women serving food and drink to the famished fugitives.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
This was a regular banquet to us, for our famished condition and good appetites made food relish wonderfully.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
But the minions of Murder move softly; unseen they have crept from their lair, In a night that is darker than doom on the famishing face of despair.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., August 23, 1890." by Various
The mother said her child was half-famished on it, and it seemed to me terribly little.
"Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation" by Frances Anne Kemble
Stockholm was held by the widow of Sten Sture with a half-famished garrison.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
He looked as if shells had lost their terrors for his dumb and famished misery.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
Hence Barkilphedro became famished.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
There was light enough to see that he was barefoot and ragged, and looked pale and famished.
"J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5" by J.S. Le Fanu
And then, because she was almost famished, she ate what had been given her.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
He helps you to a deep gully, and there you remain till evening, half-famished for food.
"The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act" by Lydia Maria Child
In this rising famished women took a prominent part.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
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In poetry:

One window held him spell-bound--
From end to end 'twas piled
With loaves of bread a tempting sight
To a half-famished child.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
A beggar at the window I,
Who, famished, looks on revelry;
A slave who lifts his torch to guide
The happy bridegroom to his bride.
"The Song Of The Young Page" by Theodosia Garrison
Then to the clergy cry amain,
Due food unto thy soul to give :
Since thou dost them with tithes maintain,
Bid them thy famish'd soul relieve.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
For he the time of dearth foresaw,
And made provision long before;
That famished souls, like me, might draw
Supplies from his unbounded store.
"Plenty In A Time Of Dearth" by John Newton
Now Famine stalks through the palace halls,
With her gaunt and pallid train;
You can hear the cries of famished men,
As they cry for bread in vain.
"King Cotton" by Horatio Alger Jr
And thence go down where ghosts have died
And famished ghouls and vampires glide;
Or tarry in years behind the tomb;
Or in the multiple futures bide.
"Dominium in Excelsis" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Pulling an all-nighter before midterms can leave you famished.
Food for America's famished .
Hansel (Alice Cote) and Gretel (Christine Schaefer) are simply famished in the Met's new production of Engelbert Humperdinck's opera.
Goat handler Paulie Castillo of Westminster bottle feeds famished baby goats at the Double R Ranch Transitional Living facility.
When winter arrives, the famished grasshopper asks for help, only to be rebuked by the ant for his past indolence.
Famished filmgoers, take note: Director James Rasin hopes his new documentary Beautiful Darling— opening April 22 at the IFC Center—is "an exciting dinner conversation".
Staying well- hydrated isn't just key before and during workouts but also following exercise — especially for those who find themselves feeling famished afterwards.
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