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wiz·​en ˈwi-zᵊn How to pronounce wizen (audio)
ˈwē- How to pronounce wizen (audio)
wizened; wizening
 also  ˈwēz-;
ˈwi-zᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce wizen (audio)
 also  ˈwē-

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


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: that is wizened

Examples of wizen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Keogh siblings, wizened by a lifetime of co-existing, are onto something. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 June 2017

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Word History



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


alteration of wizened

First Known Use


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


1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wizen was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wizen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizen. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


wizened; wizening
: to become shrunken or wrinkled often as a result of aging

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