wizened

[ wiz-uh nd; wee-zuh nd ]
/ ˈwɪz ənd; ˈwi zənd /

adjective

withered; shriveled: a wizened old man; wizened features.

Origin of wizened

First recorded in 1505–15; wizen + -ed2

Definition for wizened (2 of 2)

wizen

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

verb (used with or without object)

to wither; shrivel; dry up.

adjective

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 wizened (1 of 3)

wizened

wizen

/ (ˈwɪzənd) /

adjective

shrivelled, wrinkled, or dried up, esp with age

British Dictionary definitions for wizened (2 of 3)

wizen

1
/ (ˈwɪzən) /

verb

to make or become shrivelled

adjective

a variant of wizened

Word Origin for wizen

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

British Dictionary definitions for wizened (3 of 3)

wizen

2
/ (ˈwiːzən) /

noun

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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