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shrivel

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verb shriv·el \ˈshri-vəl, especially Southern ˈsri-\

Simple Definition of shrivel

  • : to become dry and wrinkled from heat, cold, or old age

  • : to cause (something) to become dry and wrinkled

Full Definition of shrivel

shriv·eled or shriv·elledshriv·el·ing or shriv·el·lingplay \ˈshri-vəl-iŋ, ˈsri-; ˈshriv-liŋ, ˈsriv-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture

  3. 2a :  to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiencyb :  dwindle

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to shrivel

Examples of shrivel

  1. plants shriveling in the heat



Origin of shrivel

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1565

Rhymes with shrivel



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