- to shrivel; fade; decay: The grapes had withered on the vine.
- to lose the freshness of youth, as from age (often followed by away).
- to make flaccid, shrunken, or dry, as from loss of moisture; cause to lose freshness, bloom, vigor, etc.: The drought withered the buds.
- to affect harmfully: Reputations were withered by the scandal.
- to abash, as by a scathing glance: a look that withered him.
Origin of wither
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- George,1588–1667, English poet and pamphleteer.
Examples from the Web for wither
Why this reluctant partnership might be best left to wither.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India?
August 3, 2014
But as time goes by, Chloe falls ill and begins to wither away.Michel Gondry on ‘Mood Indigo,’ Kanye West, and the 10th Anniversary of ‘Eternal Sunshine’
July 20, 2014
Will he, like Khal Drogo before him, wither away from an infected wound?Game of Thrones’ ‘The Mountain and the Viper’ Recap: Trial by Combat and Inigo Montoya’s Revenge
June 2, 2014
And second, the right-wing political class, operatives and people at think tanks, who want the welfare state to wither away.Republicans and Entitlements
March 1, 2013
Yet when it comes to Palestinians under Israel's control, the humanistic approach to children's welfare tends to wither.Dostoyevsky In The West Bank
January 31, 2013
We never see Him bring the bud to the eve of blossoming just to wither it.The Conquest of Fear
Keats and Wither will serve as examples with which to finish our argument.
In spite of all that has been said Keats takes higher rank as poet than Wither?
They will not wither in the least if kept out of direct sunshine for a few days.The Mayflower, January, 1905
If I had I would use it all to scorch and wither this talking of surrender.Strife (First Series Plays)
- (intr) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
- (intr often foll by away) to fade or wasteall hope withered away
- (intr) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
- (tr) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
- (tr) to abash, esp with a scornful look
- (tr) to harm or damage
Word Origin and History for wither
1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."