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[with -er] /ˈwɪð ər/
George, 1588–1667, English poet and pamphleteer.
Also, Withers
[with -erz] /ˈwɪð ərz/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for george wither
Historical Examples
  • In an ease of composition which runs into laxity he reminds us occasionally of george wither.

    The Age of Pope John Dennis
  • In addition, the first volume has another title-page, 'Poems by george wither, in four volumes.

  • george wither was its first commander, and his command did not increase his reputation either as a man of letters or a man of war.

  • He was the dear friend and associate of a poet more gifted but more unequal than himself, george wither.

  • george wither deserves remembrance here for what he calls a "Rocking hymn," written about the year of Saboly's birth.

    Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886) Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • george wither finds that the style of the Psalms demands a verse translation.

British Dictionary definitions for george wither


(intransitive) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
(intransitive) often foll by away. to fade or waste: all hope withered away
(intransitive) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
(transitive) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
(transitive) to abash, esp with a scornful look
(transitive) to harm or damage
Derived Forms
withered, adjective
witherer, noun
withering, adjective
witheringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps variant of weather (vb); related to German verwittern to decay
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Word Origin and History for george wither



1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."

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