likely developed as an alteration of Middle English famen
, meaning "to starve." The Middle English word was borrowed from the Anglo-French verb afamer
, which etymologists believe came from Vulgar Latin affamare
. We say "believe" because, while no written evidence has yet been found for the Vulgar Latin word affamare
, it would be the expected source for the Anglo-French
verb based on the combination of the Latin prefix ad-
("to" or "toward") and the root noun fames
("hunger"). In contemporary English, the verb famish
is still used on occasion, but it is considerably less common than the related adjective famished
, which usually means "hungry" or "starving" but can also mean "needy" or "being in want."
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