With a taut, shrunken face, a penchant for cocaine injections, and a fondness for disguise and deception, Holmes is his own Hyde.
Hoover had made the worst possible selection of policy options: higher taxes and tariffs and a shrunken money supply.
One sweater, in particular, a short-sleeve, shrunken crewneck, was charmingly marked by teardrop-shaped dollops of teal blue.
The Ugandan character playing Joseph Smith wears a shrunken jacket from a downed pilot lost in the jungle.
And I like the way you carried your mic pack like it was a shrunken head.
She wore no sleeves, and bracelets of strange beads hung loosely around her shrunken and skinny wrists.
The optic nerve is a shrunken, atrophied and insensate thread.
There was still no response from the shrunken figure under the bedclothes.
His legs were so shrunken that they were scarcely larger than a child's arms.
Coleridges further mention of his hand as shrunken and old-looking seems exact.
Old English scrincan "to draw in the limbs, contract, shrivel up; wither, pine away" (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, past participle scruncen), from Proto-Germanic *skrink- (cf. Middle Dutch schrinken), probably from PIE root *(s)ker- (3) "to turn, bend."
Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). Sense of "become reduced in size" recorded from late 13c. The meaning "draw back, recoil" (early 14c.) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. Transitive sense, "cause to shrink" is from late 14c. Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961 (shrinking-wrap from 1959). Shrinking violet "shy person" attested from 1882.
A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, or other psychotherapist; headshrinker (1960+)