- shrubby cinquefoil,
- shrug off,
- shrug one's shoulders,
verb (used without object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.
verb (used with object), shrank or, often, shrunk; shrunk or shrunk·en; shrink·ing.
Origin of shrink
Examples from the Web for shrunken
And I like the way you carried your mic pack like it was a shrunken head.A Reality TV Competition About Reading? Literary Death Match Wants a Show|Melissa Goldstein|December 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I miss the strife His shrunken staff, his hungry wife Inflame chafe!
So says Thomas Hobbes, whose definition of all laughter illuminates those moments when we smugly parade past the shrunken giants.GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite|Eric G. Wilson|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With a taut, shrunken face, a penchant for cocaine injections, and a fondness for disguise and deception, Holmes is his own Hyde.
One sweater, in particular, a short-sleeve, shrunken crewneck, was charmingly marked by teardrop-shaped dollops of teal blue.
All the fluids of the eye escaped leaving it sightless and shrunken, and so it remained ever after.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
Had she shrunken since he left her or was he grown so much huskier with the out of door life?The Search|Grace Livingston Hill
Allow it to remain in this way until it has shrunken sufficiently from the pan, and then lift off the pan.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Pani turned her head mournfully from side to side, and the shrunken lips made no reply.A Little Girl in Old Detroit|Amanda Minnie Douglas
The man was shrunken, knock-kneed, eccentric in dress and manner, and leaned heavily on his cane.A Tale of the Tow-Path|Homer Greene
verb shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk, shrunk or shrunken
- to recoil or withdrawto shrink from the sight of blood
- to feel great reluctance (at)to shrink from killing an animal
Word Origin for shrink
Old English gescruncan, past participle adjective from shrink (v.).
Old English scrincan "to draw in the limbs, contract, shrivel up; wither, pine away" (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, past participle scruncen), from Proto-Germanic *skrink- (cf. Middle Dutch schrinken), probably from PIE root *(s)ker- (3) "to turn, bend."
Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). Sense of "become reduced in size" recorded from late 13c. The meaning "draw back, recoil" (early 14c.) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. Transitive sense, "cause to shrink" is from late 14c. Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961 (shrinking-wrap from 1959). Shrinking violet "shy person" attested from 1882.