george wither

Wither

[with-er]
noun
George, 1588–1667, English poet and pamphleteer.
Also, Withers [with-erz] .
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wither (ˈwɪðə)
 
vb (often foll by away)
1.  (intr) (esp of a plant) to droop, wilt, or shrivel up
2.  to fade or waste: all hope withered away
3.  (intr) to decay, decline, or disintegrate
4.  (tr) to cause to wilt, fade, or lose vitality
5.  (tr) to abash, esp with a scornful look
6.  (tr) to harm or damage
 
[C14: perhaps variant of weather (vb); related to German verwittern to decay]
 
'withered
 
adj
 
'witherer
 
n
 
'withering
 
adj
 
'witheringly
 
adv

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wither
1530s, alteration of M.E. wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. Ger. verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."
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george wither

English poet and Puritan pamphleteer, best remembered for a few songs and hymns.

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