[ wilt ]
/ wɪlt /

verb (used without object)

to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.: to wilt after a day's hard work.

verb (used with object)

to cause to wilt.

noun Also wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).

the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted: a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
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.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.


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Origin of wilt

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


Definition for wilts (2 of 3)

[ wilt ]
/ wɪlt /

verb Archaic.

second person singular present ind. of will1.

Definition for wilts (3 of 3)

[ wilt-sheer, -sher ]
/ ˈwɪlt ʃɪər, -ʃər /


Also Wilts [wilts] /wɪlts/. a county in S England. 1345 sq. mi. (3485 sq. km). County seat: Salisbury.
one of an English breed of white sheep having long, spiral horns.
Also called Wiltshire cheese. a cylindrical, semihard cheese, moister and flakier than cheddar.
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British Dictionary definitions for wilts (1 of 4)

/ (wɪlts) /

abbreviation for


British Dictionary definitions for wilts (2 of 4)

/ (wɪlt) /


to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or droopinginsufficient water makes plants wilt
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
(tr) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse


the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots

Word Origin for wilt

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

British Dictionary definitions for wilts (3 of 4)

/ (wɪlt) /


archaic, or dialect (used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent) a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will 1

British Dictionary definitions for wilts (4 of 4)

/ (ˈwɪltʃə, -ˌʃɪə) /


a county of S England, consisting mainly of chalk uplands, with Salisbury Plain in the south and the Marlborough Downs in the north; prehistoric remains (at Stonehenge and Avebury); became a unitary authority in 2009: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Swindon unitary authority (established in 1997). Administrative centre: Trowbridge. Pop (excluding Swindon): 440 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Swindon): 3481 sq km (1344 sq miles)
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