- 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 unwithering
He represents the unwithering in the very home of corruption.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
The sight of this unwithering green leaf excites me like red at some seasons.How to Know the Ferns
Frances Theodora Parsons
Now, I had heard of the Lily, even this thou holdest may its influence be unwithering!The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete
He walked in the gardens of the intellectual gods and gathered sweets for the soul from a thousand unwithering flowers.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
- (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 unwithering
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."