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 Dictionary entry overview: What does withered mean? 

WITHERED (adjective)
  The adjective WITHERED has 2 senses:

1. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
2. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

  Familiarity information: WITHERED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WITHERED (adjective)

Sense 1withered [BACK TO TOP]


Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness


shrunken; withered; wizen; wizened; shriveled; shrivelled

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 2withered [BACK TO TOP]


(used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture


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

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