wiz·en | \ˈwi-zᵊn also ˈwē- \
wizened; wizening\ˈwiz-niŋ also ˈwēz-; ˈwi-zᵊn-iŋ also ˈwē- \

Definition of wizen 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become dry, shrunken, and wrinkled often as a result of aging or of failing vitality

transitive verb

: to cause to wizen a face wizened by age



Definition of wizen (Entry 2 of 2)

: that is wizened

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Justice Harry Blackmun, Roe’s wizened author, could not mask his surprise at the reversal of fortune. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 But these days, Pop’s torso, wizened from that early stagecraft and seven decades on earth, is more likely to be found under the Miami or Cayman Islands sun. Michael B. Dougherty, Esquire, "Legendary Rocker Iggy Pop on His Personal Style: 'Slightly Expensive Beach Bum'," 18 Jan. 2018 The scene, overflowing with food, glistening lighting and love passed among wizards wizened and budding, tells us that Hogwarts is the greatest place on earth. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "The real magic of Harry Potter at the Mann doesn't come from wizards," 29 July 2017 Her fiction celebrated the couplings of a wide range of characters: teenage girls, wizened old women, circus performers, wolves. Maggie Doherty, New Republic, "Fairytales Punish the Curious," 18 July 2017 From last year's blind Chinese crested champion Sweepee Rambo to oddballs like pitbull Quasi Modo and wizened, whiskered Yoda, take a look through the decade's winners of the odd title. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The World's Ugliest Dogs of the Last 10 Years," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of wizen


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wizen


Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian; akin to Old High German wesanēn to wither, Lithuanian vysti


alteration of wizened

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