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famish (v.)

"cause to hunger," c. 1400, famyschen, "alteration of famen (late 14c.), a shortening of Old French afamer (12c., Modern French affamer), from Vulgar Latin *affamare "to bring to hunger," from ad famem, from Latin fames "hunger" (see famine).

Ending changed mid-14c. to -ish under influence of ravish, anguish, etc. It also once had an intransitive sense and was so used by Shakespeare and Milton. Related: Famished; famishing.

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Definitions of famish from WordNet

famish (v.)
be hungry; go without food;
Synonyms: starve / hunger
famish (v.)
deprive of food;
Synonyms: starve
famish (v.)
die of food deprivation;
Many famished in the countryside during the drought
Synonyms: starve
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