- to shrivel; fade; decay: The grapes had withered on the vine.
- to lose the freshness of youth, as from age (often followed by away).
- to make flaccid, shrunken, or dry, as from loss of moisture; cause to lose freshness, bloom, vigor, etc.: The drought withered the buds.
- to affect harmfully: Reputations were withered by the scandal.
- to abash, as by a scathing glance: a look that withered him.
Origin of wither
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Examples from the Web for unwithered
She should find them all dewy and unwithered in her bridal crown.The Prisoner
To be most satisfactory, endive should be bought when it is fresh and unwithered and kept until used in a cool, damp place.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Every thing around them smiled, and their yet unwithered hopes were alive to every delightful impression.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
His child could there grow up, unwithered by the associations of her mother's disgrace.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart
Caroline Lee Hentz
The largest of the trees, though scorched about the base, still stood with unwithered foliage, little harmed by the fire.Into the Primitive
Robert Ames Bennet
- (intr) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
- (intr often foll by away) to fade or wasteall hope withered away
- (intr) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
- (tr) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
- (tr) to abash, esp with a scornful look
- (tr) to harm or damage
Word Origin and History for unwithered
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."