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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fam-ish]
    • /ˈfæm ɪʃ/
    • /ˈfæ.mɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-ish]
    • /ˈfæm ɪʃ/

Definitions of famish word

  • noun famish (obsolete, transitive) To starve (to death); to kill or destroy with hunger. 1
  • verb famish to be or make very hungry or weak 0
  • verb famish to die or cause to die from starvation 0
  • verb famish to make very cold 0
  • verb transitive famish to make or be very hungry; make or become weak from hunger 0
  • verb transitive famish to starve to death 0

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Origin of famish

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English famisshe, equivalent to famen to starve (< Anglo-French, Middle French afamer < Vulgar Latin *affamāre, equivalent to Latin af- af- + famāre, derivative of famēs hunger) + -isshe -ish2

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Parts of speech for Famish


famish popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

famish usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for famish

verb famish

  • abstain — If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
  • forbear — to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  • diet — the legislative body of certain countries, as Japan.
  • refrain — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • starve — to die or perish from lack of food or nourishment.

Antonyms for famish

verb famish

  • glut — to feed or fill to satiety; sate: to glut the appetite.
  • gorge — to swallow, especially greedily.
  • stuff — the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
  • indulge — to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
  • eat — to take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment; chew and swallow (food).

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