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wizened

[wiz-uh nd; wee-zuh nd]
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adjective
  1. withered; shriveled: a wizened old man; wizened features.
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Origin of wizened

First recorded in 1505–15; wizen + -ed2

wizen

[wiz-uh n; wee-zuh n]British Dialect
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to wither; shrivel; dry up.
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adjective
  1. wizened.
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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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  • The wizened little headman was as cheerful and lively and vigorous as ever.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • She took the old woman in her arms and kissed her wizened cheeks.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • He was a wizened, old man with shreds of white wool on his chin.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman

  • And infected by the fear in that wizened voice, Barbara flew.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • He looked in the glass, and found himself to be yellow, and wrinkled, and wizened.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for wizened

wizened

wizen

adjective
  1. shrivelled, wrinkled, or dried up, esp with age
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wizen1

verb
  1. to make or become shrivelled
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adjective
  1. a variant of wizened
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Word Origin

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

wizen2

noun
  1. an archaic word for weasand
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Word Origin and History for wizened

wizen

v.

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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