Definitions

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  • v. To be very thirsty; be dying of thirst.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be very thirsty.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forthyrsten, from Old English *forþyrstan ("to be athirst"), from Proto-Germanic *fur- (“for-”), *þurstijanan (“to thirst”), equivalent to for- +‎ thirst. Cognate with Low German verdörsten ("to forthirst"), German verdursten ("to die of thirst"), Danish fortørste ("to forthirst").

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