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shrivelled - Dictionary definition and meaning for word shrivelled

(adj) (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
Synonyms : dried-up , sear , sere , shriveled , withered
Example Sentence
  • dried-up grass
  • the desert was edged with sere vegetation
  • shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings
  • withered vines

(adj) lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
Synonyms : shriveled , shrunken , withered , wizen , wizened
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity
Synonyms : shriveled , shrunken
Example Sentence
  • our shriveled receipts during the storm
  • as the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled
  • the dollar's shrunken buying power

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