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Meaning & Definition of Withered in English





1. Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

  • "The old woman's shriveled skin"
  • "He looked shriveled and ill"
  • "A shrunken old man"
  • "A lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-w.f.starkie
  • "He did well despite his withered arm"
  • "A wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"
  • shriveled,
  • shrivelled,
  • shrunken,
  • withered,
  • wizen,
  • wizened

2. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

  • "Dried-up grass"
  • "The desert was edged with sere vegetation"
  • "Shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings"
  • "Withered vines"
  • dried-up,
  • sere,
  • sear,
  • shriveled,
  • shrivelled,
  • withered

Examples of using

The flower withered for lack of water.
Roses withered and Ania cried very much.
All the flowers in the garden withered.