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shrivel

[shriv-uh l] /ˈʃrɪv əl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), shriveled, shriveling or (especially British) shrivelled, shrivelling.
1.
to contract and wrinkle, as from great heat, cold, or dryness.
2.
to wither; make or become helpless or useless.
Origin of shrivel
1595-1605
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
Synonyms
1. shrink. See wither.
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Examples from the Web for shrivelled
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  • The dying part loses sensibility to touch and becomes cold and shrivelled.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • And he lifted the shrivelled stump of that finger to his lips and kissed it.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • It was no statue that I saw in that niche, but a shrivelled human form—a hideous sight.

  • I shrivelled visibly under the look of scorn she cast upon me.

  • In the box lay a shrivelled yellow hand—with long tapering and well-manicured nails—neatly severed at the wrist!

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
  • It was the corpse of a boy blue and shrivelled, like that of one frozen to death.

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • It is similarly quite fresh in appearance, and bears the shrivelled remains of the gum.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • To his amazement it did not melt; it had shrivelled some, but had not softened.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • After a fortnight had passed he got weak and shrivelled from this kind of food.

  • M'Adam was on his feet, pointing with a shrivelled finger, his face diabolical.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
British Dictionary definitions for shrivelled

shrivel

/ˈʃrɪvəl/
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
1.
to make or become shrunken and withered
2.
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 shrivelled

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.

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