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[shriv-uh l] /ˈʃrɪv əl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), shriveled, shriveling or (especially British) shrivelled, shrivelling.
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 forms
unshriveled, adjective
unshrivelled, adjective
1. shrink. See wither. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shrivel
  • If you wait too long the fruit will fall off the vine and shrivel.
  • On present trends many other governments could also see their bond markets shrivel.
  • If the environment is to hot water boils and evaporates and any life form would shrivel bake and die.
  • These plants shrivel from serious drought but plump up again with watering or rainfall.
  • First, it will obviously cause your fingers to shrivel and lock into a rigid, bony claw.
  • The beams are supposed to cut off blood flow to the growth and cause it to shrivel.
  • Sooner or later some ski centers will be stranded, and their towns will shrivel away.
  • And skin cells would almost instantaneously shrivel and die.
  • Similarly, protections can't shrivel up when the topic is technical or the means of publication is digital.
  • And then the next year, the neighboring elm would start to shrivel.
British Dictionary definitions for shrivel


verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
to make or become shrunken and withered
to lose or cause to lose vitality
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect skryvla wrinkle
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Word Origin and History for shrivel

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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