from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To dry up or shrivel from or as if from loss of moisture.
- intransitive v. To lose freshness; droop.
- transitive v. To cause to shrivel or fade.
- transitive v. To render speechless or incapable of action; stun: The teacher withered the noisy student with a glance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Against, in opposition to.
- v. To go against, resist; oppose.
- v. To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water
- v. To become helpless due to emotion
- v. To cause to shrivel or dry up
- v. To make helpless due to emotion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become sapless; to dry or shrivel up.
- intransitive v. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin� away, as animal bodies.
- intransitive v. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away.
- transitive v. To cause to fade, and become dry.
- transitive v. To cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal moisture.
- transitive v. To cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Against; in opposition (to): chiefly in composition, as a prefix wither-, against.
- To go against; resist: oppose.
- To cause to become dry and fade; make sapless and shrunken.
- To cause to shrink, wrinkle, and decay for want of animal moisture; cause to lose bloom; shrivel; cause to have a wrinkled skin or shrunken muscles: as, time will wither the fairest face.
- To blight, injure, or destroy, as by some malign or baleful influence; affect fatally by malevolence; cause to perish or languish generally: as, to wither a person by a look or glance; reputations withered by scandal.
- To lose the sap or juice; dry and shrivel up; lose freshness and bloom; fade.
- To become dry and wrinkled, as from the loss or lack of animal moisture; lose pristine freshness, bloom, softness, smoothness, vigor, or the like, as from age or disease; decay.
- To decay generally; decline; languish; pass away.
- See wither, adverb
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wither, as with a loss of moisture
- v. lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
Alteration of Middle English widderen, perhaps variant of wederen, to weather, from weder, weather; see weather.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English wiþer ("again, against", adverb in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *wiþra (“against, toward”), from Proto-Indo-European *wī-tero- (“further apart”), *wī- (“separate, alone”). Cognate with Low German wedder ("against"), Dutch weer ("again, back"), German wider ("against, contrary to"), wieder ("again"), Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌸𐍂𐌰 (wiþra), Old Norse viðr. More at with. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English witheren, from Old English wiþerian ("to resist, oppose, struggle against"), from Proto-Germanic *wiþrōnan (“to go against, resist”). Cognate with Middle Dutch wideren, Old High German widarōn. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English widren, wydderen ("to dry up, shrivel"), related to or perhaps an alteration of Middle English wederen ("to expose to weather"), from Old English wederian ("to expose to weather, exhibit a change of weather"). Compare German verwittern ("to be ruined by weather"). More at weather. (Wiktionary)