[ wiz-uh n; wee-zuh n ]
/ ˈwɪz ən; ˈwi zən /
British Dialect

verb (used with or without object)

to wither; shrivel; dry up.


Nearby words

  1. wiz,
  2. wizard,
  3. wizard of oz, the wonderful,
  4. wizardly,
  5. wizardry,
  6. wizened,
  7. wk,
  8. wk.,
  9. wkly,
  10. wkly.

Origin of wizen

before 900; (v.) Middle English wisenen, Old English wisnian; cognate with Old Norse visna to wither; (adj.) shortened form of wizened

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British Dictionary definitions for wizen


/ (ˈwɪzən) /


to make or become shrivelled


a variant of wizened

Word Origin for wizen

Old English wisnian; related to Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanēn


an archaic word for weasand
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Word Origin and History for wizen



Old English wisnian, weosnian "to wither," cognate with Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanen "to dry up, shrivel, wither;" German verwesen "to decay, rot." Related: Wizened.

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