wither

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1with·er

verb \ˈwi-thər\

of a plant : to become dry and weak

with·eredwith·er·ing \ˈwith-riŋ, ˈwi-thə-\

Full Definition of WITHER

intransitive verb
1
:  to become dry and sapless; especially :  to shrivel from or as if from loss of bodily moisture
2
:  to lose vitality, force, or freshness <public support for the bill is withering>
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to wither
2
:  to make speechless or incapable of action :  stun <withered him with a look — Dorothy Sayers>

Examples of WITHER

  1. The plants withered and died.
  2. <shortly after the moon landing, interest in the space program withered>

Origin of WITHER

Middle English widren; probably akin to Middle English weder weather
First Known Use: 14th century

2wither

noun

Definition of WITHER

chiefly British
:  withers

First Known Use of WITHER

1607

Rhymes with WITHER

With·er

biographical name \ˈwi-thər\

Definition of WITHER

George 1588–1667 Eng. poet & pamphleteer

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