- to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
- to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.: to wilt after a day's hard work.
- to cause to wilt.
- the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted: a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
- Plant Pathology.
- the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
- a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
- a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin of wilt1
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- second person singular present ind. of will1.
Examples from the Web for wilted
Most presidents bloom in office as the power of their rhetoric assumes the gravity of office, President Obama has wilted.President Obama’s Belgian Waffle
March 27, 2014
Twelve euros for wilted lettuce topped with a pile of canned corn and other assorted veggies?How America Killed French Cuisine
July 7, 2009
Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He is much like a wilted leaf in the hands of this boy and girl.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Julia wilted a little; but her sister, Mrs. Glynn, was not perturbed.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I'm almost glad they have wilted; they will give you something to do.Phyllis
"Yes, ma'am," says Babbitt, tryin' to prop up his wilted collar.Shorty McCabe
- to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or droopinginsufficient water makes plants wilt
- to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
- (tr) 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
- archaic, or dialect (used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent) a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will 1
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.