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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

Translations for 'wither'

  • British English: wither If someone or something withers, they become very weak. VERBWhen he went into retirement, he visibly withered.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: murchar
  • Chinese: 变虚弱变變虚虛弱
  • European Spanish: marchitarse
  • French: dépérir
  • German: verkümmern
  • Italian: appassire
  • Japanese: 弱まる
  • Korean: 약해지다
  • Portuguese: murchar
  • Spanish: marchitarse

Example Sentences Including 'wither'

But as members of the Pooh Sticks championships will testify, age may wither your Pooh Stick playing facilities.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
But if we went public, we'd have money to do the things we must do if we're not to wither , and die of conservatism.
Gaskin, Catherine The Ambassador's Women
But shareholders who have seen their portfolios wither will be heavily diluted.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
Ferro Georgia was examined by the Club's veterinary surgeon who reported soreness to the near side wither.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
I must say I fell about at your line `Age shall not wither her nor iron bars a cage.
Davies, Russell (ed) The Kenneth Williams Letters
Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither ,
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
Relief on contributions would become a subsidy to those who can afford to save more and would wither away.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The common wisdom now was that with the Russians and their puppets out of the game, terrorism would dry up and wither away.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
This latter trend may mean that junk mail may not wither of its own accord.
Spiked (2004)


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