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[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb (used without object)
to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.:
to wilt after a day's hard work.
verb (used with object)
to cause to wilt.
noun, Also, wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted:
a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
Plant Pathology.
  1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
  2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin of wilt1
1685-95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered
2. wane, droop; ebb, weaken.


[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb, Archaic.
second person singular present ind. of will1 . Unabridged
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  • The excessive heat had wilted these flowers of loveliness and faded their bright hues.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Clara flashed a withering glance at him, under which he wilted.

  • And the two boys, having met with the usual fate of peacemakers, fell back, red and wilted.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We put her out at home in a wilted condition from pure good times, and then Matthew took me on up to Elmnest.

    The Golden Bird Maria Thompson Daviess
  • He is much like a wilted leaf in the hands of this boy and girl.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Look the greens over carefully, rejecting all leaves that are wilted or otherwise spoiled.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Julia wilted a little; but her sister, Mrs. Glynn, was not perturbed.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for wilted


to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or drooping: insufficient water makes plants wilt
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
(transitive) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
Word Origin
C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken


(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will1
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Word Origin and History for wilted



1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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