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Meaning & Definition of Withered in English

English

Withered

/wɪðərd/

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • dried-up
  • ,
  • sere
  • ,
  • sear
  • ,
  • shriveled
  • ,
  • shrivelled
  • ,
  • withered

Examples of using

The flowers withered up.