Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
  • transitive v. To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity: My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.
  • transitive v. To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To collapse inward; to crumble.
  • v. To become wrinkled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; ; -- often with up.
  • transitive v. To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To contract; draw or be drawn into wrinkles; shrink and form corrugations, as a leaf in the hot sun, or the skin with age.
  • Synonyms To shrivel is to become wrinkled or corrugated by contraction; to shrink is, as a rule, to contract while preserving the same general form.
  • To contract into wrinkles; cause to shrink into corrugations.
  • To make narrow; limit in scope.
  • To wither; blight; render impotent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. wither, as with a loss of moisture
  • v. decrease in size, range, or extent

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.