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.