1. [syn: famished, ravenous, sharp-set, starved, esurient]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Famish \Fam"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Famished; p. pr. & vb.
n. Famishing.] [OE. famen; cf. OF. afamer, L. fames. See
Famine, and cf. Affamish.]
1. To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger. --Shak.
2. 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. --Cen. xli.
The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden.
3. 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. To force or constrain by famine.
He had famished Paris into a surrender. --Burke.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: extremely hungry; "they were tired and famished for food
and sleep"; "a ravenous boy"; "the family was starved and
ragged"; "fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory
enemy" [syn: famished, ravenous, sharp-set,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "famished":
bare-handed, beggarly, craving, dog-hungry, empty, empty-handed,
famishing, fasting, half-famished, half-starved, hungering, hungry,
ill off, ill-equipped, ill-furnished, ill-provided, impoverished,
on short commons, pauperized, peckish, pinched with hunger, poor,
ravening, ravenous, sharp-set, shorthanded, starved, starveling,
starving, underfed, undermanned, undernourished, unfed, unfilled,
unprovided, unreplenished, unsupplied, voracious, wolfish