noun (used with a plural verb)
- wither on the vine,
- wither, george,
- witherspoon, john,
- withholding tax
Origin of withers
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wither
Examples from the Web for withers
Not to be Confused WithThe Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me.Five Girl-Power Books Exactly Like Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’|Sean Macaulay|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The ‘Tree Igdrasil’ buds and withers by its own laws,—too deep for our scanning.
Withers's gray glance was kind, if it did express the foolhardiness of Shefford's act.The Rainbow Trail|Zane Grey
Then a gourd comes up over Jonah and protects him from the sun, but the next day it withers.My Religion|Leo Tolstoy
When it was over some one had called him a "greater orator than Withers," to add quickly, "and a better Democrat than Burr."The Voice of the People|Ellen Glasgow
The fullest-fruited laurel then withers before her eyes, if it has not taken root at her own hearth.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
Word Origin for withers
Word Origin for wither
1570s, probably from a dialectal survival of Old English wiðer "against, contrary, opposite" (see with) + plural suffix. Possibly so called because the withers are the parts of the animal that oppose the load. Cf. German Widerrist "withers," from wider "against" + Rist "wrist."
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."