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wilt1

[wilt]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
  2. to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.: to wilt after a day's hard work.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to wilt.
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noun Also wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
  1. the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted: a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
  2. Plant Pathology.
    1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
    2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
  3. a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
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Origin of wilt1

1685–95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered

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wilt2

[wilt]
verb Archaic.
  1. second person singular present ind. of will1.
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Related Words

droopebbwanedwindlefaintmeltwitherfadediminishshrivelsuccumbcollapsedropmummifyflagweakensinkwastelanguishwizen

Examples from the Web for wilting

Historical Examples

  • The little mountain blossom was wilting and fading slowly away.

    'Smiles'

    Eliot H. Robinson

  • She chuckled, and Freddie, who had been wilting on the fender, perked up.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • As you have foreseen, I felt suddenly the wilting of my will.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

  • And now suddenly this light was dimmed; his laurels were wilting.

    The Raid Of The Guerilla

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • He shrank at the tap of Sam's gun on his shoulder, wilting to his knees.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for wilting

wilt1

verb
  1. to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or droopinginsufficient water makes plants wilt
  2. to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
  3. (tr) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
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noun
  1. the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
  2. any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken

wilt2

verb
  1. archaic, or dialect (used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent) a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will 1
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Word Origin and History for wilting

wilt

v.

1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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