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witherer (ˈwɪðərə) 



  1. a person or thing that withers

wither (ˈwɪðə Pronunciation for wither



  1. (intransitive) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
  2. (intransitive) often foll by away to fade or waste   ⇒ all hope withered away
  3. (intransitive) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
  4. (transitive) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
  5. (transitive) to abash, esp with a scornful look
  6. (transitive) to harm or damage

Derived Forms

ˈwithered adjective
ˈwitherer noun
ˈwithering adjective
ˈwitheringly adverb

Word Origin

C14: perhaps variant of weather (vb); related to German verwittern to decay


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