(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make or become no longer fresh or shapely because of loss of moisture: dry up, mummify, sear, shrivel, wither. See DRY.

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  • Wizen — Wiz en, a. Wizened; thin; weazen; withered. [1913 Webster] A little lonely, wizen, strangely clad boy. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wizen — Wiz en, v. i. [OE. wisenen, AS. wisnian akin to weornian to decay, OHG. wesan?n to grow dry, G. verwesen to rot, Icel. visna to wither, Sw. vissna, Dan. visne, and probably to L. virus an offensive odor, poison. Cf. {Virus}.] To wither; to dry.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wizen — Wiz en, n. The weasand. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wizen — O.E. wisnian, weosnian to wither, cognate with O.N. visna, O.H.G. wesanen to dry up, shrivel, wither; Ger. verwesen to decay, rot …   Etymology dictionary

  • wizen — *wither, shrivel Analogous words: shrink, *contract: dwindle, diminish, reduce, *decrease …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wizen — [wiz′ən] vt., vi. [ME wisenen < OE wisnian, to become dry < IE base * wei , to wither > L viescere, Lith výsti, to wither] to dry up; wither; shrivel adj. WIZENED …   English World dictionary

  • wizen — I. verb (wizened; wizening) Etymology: Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian; akin to Old High German wesanēn to wither, Lithuanian vysti Date: before 12th century intransitive verb to become dry, shrunken, and wrinkled often as a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wizen — 1. adjective /ˈwɪzən/ wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness. His face was wizen and wrinkled, his faded blue eyes dim and weak looking. He was feeble, and his hands were tremulous with a perpetual nervous motion …   Wiktionary

  • wizen — /wiz euhn; wee zeuhn/, Brit. Dial. v.i., v.t. 1. to wither; shrivel; dry up. adj. 2. wizened. [bef. 900; (v.) ME wisenen, OE wisnian; c. ON visna to wither; (adj.) shortened form of WIZENED] * * * …   Universalium

  • wizen — Synonyms and related words: Sanforize, age, air dry, anhydrate, attenuate, bake, blot, brush, burn, cheat the undertaker, consume, cure, decline, decrease, dehumidify, dehydrate, desiccate, diminish, dodder, drain, droop, dry, dry up, dwindle,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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