shrunk·​en | \ ˈshrəŋ-kən How to pronounce shrunken (audio) , ˈsrəŋ- \

Definition of shrunken

: reduced in size : made less or smaller After he'd lost nearly thirty pounds, his shrunken face disclosed itself to us as a replica of my elderly grandmother's …— Philip Roth … I had … a closet filled with shrunken clothes I'd blasted in the dryer …— Caitlin Moscatello … minerals and salts are more and more concentrated in the shrunken stream as it evaporates under the southwestern Sun.— Jonathan Weiner A netbook is a laptop with a shrunken screen, an undersize keyboard and a processor that's so slow, you'd have laughed at it in 2007.— David Pogue Yet the reality is that the public finances are going to be in an even bigger mess and the economy more shrunken than in the economic crisis of 2008/09.— Ross Clark … millions of people are unable to afford mortgage payments on homes with shrunken values.— Arthur Delaney The shrunken national attention span that television has fostered will probably reduce significantly the readership for this massive biography …— Harry F. Waters

First Known Use of shrunken

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shrunken

from past participle of shrink entry 1

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“Shrunken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of shrunken

: made smaller or shorter

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