verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wither
Examples from the Web for withering
In the end, Hollow pulled out a withering attack that outpaced Budden both in speed and viciousness.
“Rather whip up a soufflé”—a wonderful compliment or a withering dis?
Brzezinski was withering, however, asking de Blasio outright, “Why are you hostile to charters?”Bill de Blasio Enters the Lions Den of ‘Morning Joe’|David Freedlander|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the film opened to withering reviews, his despair was complete.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But these are some sharply drawn stories, fleshed out with three-dimensional characters, withering satire, and genuine pathos.
But his glory was growing dim and his power was withering into dust.
All that was bright and attractive in Mark had melted away before the scorching, withering flame of alcohol.Nearly Lost but Dearly Won|Theodore P. Wilson
Materially it is an acrid saliva, withering where it drops; in the way of fellowship it is a corpse-emanation.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
The one was the sun's soft, genial warmth; the other, the north wind's withering blast.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
Withering must be made believe that we are all off together for the country this evening.Barrington|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for withering
Word Origin for wither
Word Origin and History for withering
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."