verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun Also wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
- the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
- a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
Origin of wilt1
Synonyms for wilt
Related Words for wiltingdroop, ebb, wane, dwindle, faint, melt, wither, fade, diminish, shrivel, succumb, collapse, drop, mummify, flag, weaken, sink, waste, languish, wizen
Examples from the Web for wilting
Historical Examples of wilting
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
Word Origin for wilt
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.