from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pine; decline, especially by sickness; fade or waste: usually with away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Obs. or Prov. Eng. To waste away; to pine; to languish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb archaic except in Scotland and dialects To wither, decline, pine away.


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Old English dwīnan, from Proto-Germanic *dwīnanan.


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  • To waste or pine away; languish, fade, wither.

    December 3, 2007

  • related to the verb "to dwindle" perhaps?

    May 28, 2010

  • has occasioned dwive, poss. d'wive, a hypothetical abbreviation of a more gender-specific synonym for 'divorce' :D

    November 17, 2011