verb \ˈshri-vəl, especially Southern ˈsri-\

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

: to cause (something) to become dry and wrinkled

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

Full Definition of SHRIVEL

intransitive verb
:  to draw into wrinkles especially with a loss of moisture
a :  to become reduced to inanition, helplessness, or inefficiency
b :  dwindle
transitive verb
:  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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