shrivel [shriv-uhl] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (used with or without object), shriv·eled, shriv·el·ing or (especially British) shriv·elled, shriv·el·ling.
- to contract and wrinkle, as from great heat, cold, or dryness.
- to wither; make or become helpless or useless.
Origin of shrivel 1595–1605; akin to Swedish skroflig uneven, rough (perhaps orig. wrinkled, shrunken), dialectal Swedish skryvla to wrinkle, Old English sceorfan to roughen; see scurf Related formsun·shriv·eled, adjectiveun·shriv·elled, adjectiveSynonyms for shrivel 1. shrink. See wither. Related Words for shrivel dwindle, wilt, wither, shrink, welter, sear, burn, mummify, contract, parch, desiccate, stale, wrinkle, scorch, fossilize, mummy, wizen Examples from the Web for shrivel Contemporary Examples of shrivel
For some time, those contractors have faced the reality of a GOP increasingly willing to shrivel defense budgets.
November 12, 2013
Presidential power, like a muscle, can strengthen if exercised effectively—or shrivel.
September 18, 2013
However, if asked to bet whether right-wing apoplexy will grow or shrivel, the smart money obviously has to say the former.
August 23, 2013
When their fears are realized and the island looks likely to “shrivel and die” the seamen are driven to drastic measures.
Jacob Silverman, Malcolm Forbes, John McIntyre
April 23, 2012
Historical Examples of shrivel
If you put the syrup hot to the ginger at first, it will shrink and shrivel.
“Shrivel the falsehood” from us if we say we love Thee but obey Thee not!
I was commencin’ to feel the shrivel, so it’s California for Phoebe and me.
Joseph C. Lincoln
Draughts, however, should be avoided or stems and berries will shrivel.
U. P. Hedrick
The thrift of New England did often shrivel into penuriousness.
Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for shrivel shrivel verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
- to make or become shrunken and withered
- to lose or cause to lose vitality
Word Origin for shrivel C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect skryvla wrinkle Word Origin and History for shrivel v.
1560s (implied in shriveled), of unknown origin, not found in Middle English; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish skryvla “to wrinkle, to shrivel”), perhaps ultimately connected with shrimp (n.) and shrink (v.). Related: Shriveled; shriveling.