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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shriveled mean? 

SHRIVELED (adjective)
  The adjective SHRIVELED has 3 senses:

1. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
2. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
3. reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity

  Familiarity information: SHRIVELED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHRIVELED (adjective)

Sense 1shriveled [BACK TO TOP]


(used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture


dried-up; sear; sere; shriveled; shrivelled; withered

Context examples:

dried-up grass / the desert was edged with sere vegetation / shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings / withered vines


dry (free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet)

Domain category:

botany; flora; vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period)

Sense 2shriveled [BACK TO TOP]


Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness


wizened; wizen; withered; shrunken; shrivelled; shriveled

Context examples:

the old woman's shriveled skin / he looked shriveled and ill / a shrunken old man / a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws / he did well despite his withered arm / a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair


lean; thin (lacking excess flesh)

Sense 3shriveled [BACK TO TOP]


Reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity


shrunken; shriveled; shrivelled

Context examples:

our shriveled receipts during the storm / as the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled / the dollar's shrunken buying power


decreased; reduced (made less in size or amount or degree)

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