verb (used with or without object), shriv·eled, shriv·el·ing or (especially British) shriv·elled, shriv·el·ling.
- shrinking violet,
- shrinking violet, a,
- shriver, robert sargent,
Origin of shrivel
Examples from the Web for shrivel
For some time, those contractors have faced the reality of a GOP increasingly willing to shrivel defense budgets.
Presidential power, like a muscle, can strengthen if exercised effectively—or shrivel.
However, if asked to bet whether right-wing apoplexy will grow or shrivel, the smart money obviously has to say the former.The Best Republican Efforts Are Not Enough to Defund Obamacare|Michael Tomasky|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When their fears are realized and the island looks likely to “shrivel and die” the seamen are driven to drastic measures.Must Read Novels: Ballard, Dybek, and Krasznahorkai|Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After spinning for four or five days their supply of silk becomes exhausted and they shrivel up and apparently die.Two Years in the Forbidden City|The Princess Der Ling
An excellent dessert apple, in use during October and November, after which it becomes dry and meally but does not shrivel.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
They did not know about these scorching August winds, that might shrivel crops in a day.The Flying U's Last Stand|B. M. Bower
And while she contemplated so horrible a catastrophe, she seemed to shrivel and wilt in a furnace of secret shame.The Game|Jack London
The Bee is to her a worthless remnant, which will shrivel where it lies and be dissected by the Ants.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for shrivel
1560s (implied in shriveled), of unknown origin, not found in Middle English; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish skryvla "to wrinkle, to shrivel"), perhaps ultimately connected with shrimp (n.) and shrink (v.). Related: Shriveled; shriveling.