Per"ish (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Perished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Perishing.] [OE. perissen, perisshen, F. périr, p. pr. périssant, L. perire to go or run through, come to nothing, perish; per through + ire to go. Cf. Issue, and see -ish.] To be destroyed; to pass away; to become nothing; to be lost; to die; hence, to wither; to waste away.

I perish with hunger!
Luke xv. 17.

Grow up and perish, as the summer fly.

The thoughts of a soul that perish in thinking.

Per"ish, v. t. To cause perish. [Obs.] Bacon.