Definitions

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

  • v. A past tense of shrink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of shrink.
  • n. A large highly decorative Dutch or German-style piece of furniture, which combines aspects of a clothing wardrobe, curio, and cabinet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of shrink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A preterit of shrink.

Etymologies

See shrink (Wiktionary)
From Pennsylvania German; cognate to German Schrank. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She dropped to 149 pounds over time and shrank from a size 28 to a size 8.

    Doctors join fight against obesity

  • Her own loyalty was threatening to weaken, and she shuddered and shrank from the contempt she could see creeping in.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • That he afterward shrank from the pursuit of perfection seems inarguable.

    Orson Agonistes

  • Having done so, he asked the House of Commons for its approval and never shrank from a vote of censure.

    Democracy vs. Hypocrisy

  • There were those who shrank from the surgery necessary to cut that cancer out of the nation.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • He said scarcely a word; it was as though his unhappiness merely craved company and shrank from the knowledge of what the night might bring.

    The Windy Hill

  • But at the same time he was dreading the meeting; he shrank from the thought of looking into Jack's eyes, cold – even scornful.

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century

  • I shrank from the thought of the boy being taken away from us.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • I cannot convey any idea of how distasteful the thing was to me; of how I shrank from the unpleasant conspicuousness of walking down a street lined with spectators.

    Aleta Dey

  • The young urchin shrank away, abashed, for it was Miss Connie's voice.

    The Shagganappi

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