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Definition extremely hungry

Much more rarely, famished can refer to a need for something other than food — such as famished for news.
  • I'm famished. I need something to eat.
famished = extremely hungry
  • The prisoners were famished and exhausted, but if they stopped marching, they were shot on the spot.
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • I'm famished now, and not just for leaves and berries but for the fat and protein in the meat.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • It was at the evening recount on their return through the gates that the prisoners, freezing and famished, found the icy wind hardest to bear.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • The poor children, including Gavroche, were famished.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • It was second period, and just like her mother had predicted, she was famished.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • Our limbs numb with cold despite the running, our throats parched, famished, breathless, on we went.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • Kevin, now famished, wanted to go to McDonald's again, but she drew the line and suggested that they have breakfast at the Waffle House across the street.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • I feel a bit better, able to sit up without getting too dizzy, and I'm absolutely famished.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It's like being home again, when they bring in the hopelessly mangled person from the mine explosion, or the woman in her third day of labor, or the famished child struggling against pneumonia and my mother and Prim, they wear that same look on their faces.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • There was at Faverolles, not far from the Valjean thatched cottage, on the other side of the lane, a farmer's wife named Marie-Claude; the Valjean children, habitually famished, sometimes went to borrow from Marie-Claude a pint of milk, in their mother's name, which they drank behind a hedge or in some alley corner, snatching the jug from each other so hastily that the little girls spilled it on their aprons and down their necks.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A glance capable of piercing all that mist deeply would have perceived at some distance a sort of little sutler's wagon with a fluted wicker hood, harnessed to a famished nag which was cropping the grass across its bit as it halted, hidden, as it were, behind the hovel which adjoins the highway to Nivelles, at the angle of the road from Mont-Saint-Jean to Braine l'Alleud; and in the wagon, a sort of woman seated on coffers and packages.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ...feeling as if in the midst of wild beasts, whose greediness to swallow up the trembling and half-famished fugitive is only equalled by that with which the monsters of the deep swallow up the helpless fish upon which they subsist,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • famished = extremely hungry
  • I was famished, but Maud tried vainly to get me to eat.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • There was the huge famished brute, its black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and screamed upon the ground.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "He must be famished," said an apple-cheeked man with a strong Irish accent.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • I heard them droning out their death-psalms, little judging they were sung in respect for my soul by those who were thus famishing my body.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • By nightfall he was fatigued, footsore, famished.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • The weary time dragged on; they slept again, and awoke famished and woe-stricken.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • What were warnings beside the renewal of famished embers lodged eternally in the heart of man.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman

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