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shrivel

[ shriv-uhl ]
/ ˈʃrɪv əl /
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verb (used with or without object), shriv·eled, shriv·el·ing or (especially British) shriv·elled, shriv·el·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 1595–1605; akin to Swedish skroflig “uneven, rough” (perhaps originally “wrinkled, shrunken”), dialectal Swedish skryvla “to wrinkle,” Old English sceorfan “to roughen”; see scurf

synonym study for shrivel

1. See wither.

OTHER WORDS FROM shrivel

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

shrivel
/ (ˈʃrɪvəl) /

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
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