to contract and wrinkle, as from great heat, cold, or dryness.
to wither; make or become helpless or useless.
- un·shriv·eled, adjective
- un·shriv·elled, adjective
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How to use shrivel in a sentence
They became so brown and shriveled that they looked like walking beef jerky with New York accents.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’ | Asawin Suebsaeng | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It will end up shriveled up, dried up, dead; rolled up in dirty gauze and tossed into a wastebasket, quickly forgotten.
The bone marrow of the dead soldiers was depleted dramatically, and their lymph nodes had shriveled away.Sarin, Nitrogen Mustard, Cyanide & More: All About Chemical Weapons | Kent Sepkowitz | August 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A dreadful disease, possibly muscular dystrophy, had shriveled his legs.
As the upstate economy has shriveled, the state government has come to rely heavily on the financial sector as a revenue source.
The flavor was exceedingly fine, but it had not been allowed to come to maturity, hence it was thin and shriveled.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Presently a little old woman approaches, shriveled and smiling, in her faded furbelows now in rags.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
The Church, the nobles, and the gentry then turned one grand, all-disapproving frown upon them and shriveled them into sheep!A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The little being lay at the feet of its mother, almost shapeless, and already blackened and shriveled by the fiery sun.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Could I stay the touch of that shriveled hand, I would keep the bald-head from No-man's-land.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
British Dictionary definitions for shrivel
to make or become shrunken and withered
to lose or cause to lose vitality
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