starving


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starve

 (stärv)
v. starved, starv·ing, starves
v.intr.
1. To suffer or die from extreme or prolonged lack of food.
2. Informal To be hungry.
3. To suffer from deprivation: a puppy starving for attention.
4. Archaic To suffer or die from cold.
v.tr.
1. To cause to starve.
2. To force to a specified state by starving: starved the town into submission.

[Middle English sterven, to die, from Old English steorfan; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

starving

(ˈstɑːvɪŋ)
adj
informal very hungry; ravenous
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.starving - the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"
privation, deprivation - act of depriving someone of food or money or rights; "nutritional privation"; "deprivation of civil rights"
Adj.1.starving - suffering from lack of food
malnourished - not being provided with adequate nourishment

starving

adjective hungry, starved, ravenous, famished, hungering, sharp-set, esurient, faint from lack of food, ready to eat a horse (informal) Apart from anything else, I was starving.

starving

adjective
Desiring or craving food:
Translations

starving

[ˈstɑːvɪŋ] ADJhambriento

starving

[ˈstɑːrvɪŋ] adj
(= dying of hunger) [children, population, animal] → affamé(e)
(= very hungry) → affamé(e), qui meurt de faim
I'm starving! → je meurs de faim!Star Wars nguerre f des étoiles

starving

adj (lit)hungernd attr; (fig)hungrig

starving

[ˈstɑːvɪŋ] adjaffamato/a
References in classic literature ?
All day long the gates of the packing houses were besieged by starving and penniless men; they came, literally, by the thousands every single morning, fighting with each other for a chance for life.
He was as unfitted for a judgeship as would be the average mother for the position of milk- distributor to starving children in famine-time; her own children would fare a shade better than the rest.
Well, the Injun boy had the raven tied up, and was all the time plaguing it and starving it, and she pitied the po' thing, and tried to buy it from the boy, and the tears was in her eyes.
A born climber's appetite for climbing is hard to satisfy; when it comes upon him he is like a starving man with a feast before him; he may have other business on hand, but it must wait.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.
All said I was wicked, and perhaps I might be so; what thought had I been but just conceiving of starving myself to death?
The master tried to explain the matter; but he was really half dead with fatigue, and all that I could make out, amongst her scolding, was a tale of his seeing it starving, and houseless, and as good as dumb, in the streets of Liverpool, where he picked it up and inquired for its owner.
Tell him," she broke out passionately, "if I was starving by the roadside, I wouldn't touch a farthing of it
Foulon who told the starving people they might eat grass
These interruptions were of the more ridiculous to me, because she was giving me broth out of a table-spoon at the time (having firmly persuaded herself that I was actually starving, and must receive nourishment at first in very small quantities), and, while my mouth was yet open to receive the spoon, she would put it back into the basin, cry 'Janet
But Doctor Kimble (country apothecaries in old days enjoyed that title without authority of diploma), being a thin and agile man, was flitting about the room with his hands in his pockets, making himself agreeable to his feminine patients, with medical impartiality, and being welcomed everywhere as a doctor by hereditary right--not one of those miserable apothecaries who canvass for practice in strange neighbourhoods, and spend all their income in starving their one horse, but a man of substance, able to keep an extravagant table like the best of his patients.
It was fourteen days after the passing away of the Prince Umhlangana that the great army came back in a sorry plight from the marshes of the Limpopo, for half of them were left dead of fever and the might of the foe, and the rest were starving.