- 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 witheringly
“He rushed from the middle of the trial to go film a TV series,” Baden says witheringly.Phil Spector’s Jersey Girl Lawyer: Meet the Real Linda Kenney Baden
March 22, 2013
She murmured a lame excuse, and Miss Harding glared at her witheringly.For the Sake of the School
Peace glared at her witheringly, and snatched the paper from her hand.Heart of Gold
Ruth Alberta Brown
"And, of course, that is all that matters," said Clara witheringly.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
"I think the least you say about it the better, Amzi," said Mrs. Waterman witheringly.Otherwise Phyllis
Id like to see a girl get ahead of me,' retorted Charles, witheringly.Atlantic Narratives
- (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 witheringly
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."