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 shriveling
The deficit, which peaked at an unimaginable $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2010, is shriveling by the day.Why Didn't Obama Tout How Great the Economy Is Doing?|Daniel Gross|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Social conservatism is part of the shriveling slice of the pie that the GOP must somehow transcend.
Network audience share is dwindling, advertising revenue is shriveling, and the once-flush news divisions are pinching pennies.
Then she stopped as suddenly as if some unseen hand had been laid upon her, chilling and shriveling the hot burning words.Caleb West, Master Diver|F. Hopkinson Smith
It bulged forward, smoking now, bits of it shriveling off and falling away.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
Then you begin to shrivel up, and 67 you keep right on shriveling till you feel like Alice in Wonderland.Caps and Capers|Gabrielle E. Jackson
His method of shriveling up a name by merely pronouncing it is something that transcends my power to describe.The High Heart|Basil King
The woman toppled sidewise, shriveling and withering like a mummy even as she fell.Red Nails|Robert E. Howard
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.