used especially of vegetation Having lost all moisture:
— Shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings.
Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness:
— The old woman's shriveled skin.
— He looked shriveled and ill.
Reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity:
— Our shriveled receipts during the storm.
— As the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled.
Moby thesaurus: Lilliputian, Sanforized, Tom Thumb, adust, anile, atrophied, attenuated, baked, brittle, burnt, cadaverous, consumed, corky, corpselike, crabbed, debilitated, decrepit, dehydrated, desiccated, doddered ... show more.
Wither, as with a loss of moisture:
— The fruit dried and shriveled.
Dutch: indrogen, ineenschrompelen, schrompelen, verdorren, verschrompelen
Decrease in size, range, or extent:
— My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me.
Moby thesaurus: Sanforize, age, air-dry, anhydrate, attenuate, bake, blot, brush, burn, cheat the undertaker, consume, contract, cure, curl up, decline, dehumidify, dehydrate, desiccate, diminish, dodder ... show more.
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