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shrivel

[ shriv-uhl ]
/ 藞蕛r瑟v 蓹l /
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verb (used with or without object), shriv路eled, shriv路el路ing or (especially British) shriv路elled, shriv路el路ling.
to contract and wrinkle, as from great heat, cold, or dryness.
to wither; make or become helpless or useless.
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Origin of shrivel

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; akin to Swedish skroflig 鈥渦neven, rough鈥 (perhaps originally 鈥渨rinkled, shrunken鈥), dialectal Swedish skryvla 鈥渢o wrinkle,鈥 Old English sceorfan 鈥渢o roughen鈥; see scurf

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1. See wither.

OTHER WORDS FROM shrivel

un路shriv路eled, adjectiveun路shriv路elled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shrivel

shrivel
/ (藞蕛r瑟vl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
to make or become shrunken and withered
to lose or cause to lose vitality

Word Origin for shrivel

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect skryvla wrinkle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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