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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-ish]
    • /ˈfæm ɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-ish]
    • /ˈfæm ɪʃ/

Definition of famishing word

  • noun famishing Present participle of famish. 1

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Origin of famishing

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 Famishing


famishing 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 most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

famishing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for famishing

adj famishing

  • eager — keen or ardent in desire or feeling; impatiently longing: I am eager for news about them. He is eager to sing.
  • keen — finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.
  • greedy — excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.; avaricious: the greedy owners of the company.
  • ravenous — extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.
  • avid — You use avid to describe someone who is very enthusiastic about something that they do.

verb famishing

  • 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.

adjective famishing

  • empty — A container (esp. a bottle or glass) left empty of its contents.
  • esurient — Hungry or greedy.

Antonyms for famishing

adj famishing

  • replete — abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with): a speech replete with sentimentality.
  • satisfied — content: a satisfied look.
  • stuffed — the material of which anything is made: a hard, crystalline stuff.
  • unenthusiastic — full of or characterized by enthusiasm; ardent: He seems very enthusiastic about his role in the play.
  • full — completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup.

verb famishing

  • 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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