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[shruhngk] /ʃrʌŋk/
verb
1.
a past participle and simple past tense of shrink.
Related forms
unshrunk, adjective

shrink

[shringk] /ʃrɪŋk/
verb (used without object), shrank or, often shrunk; shrunk or shrunken; shrinking.
1.
to draw back, as in retreat or avoidance:
to shrink from danger; to shrink from contact.
2.
to contract or lessen in size, as from exposure to conditions of temperature or moisture:
This cloth will not shrink if washed in lukewarm water.
3.
to become reduced in extent or compass.
verb (used with object), shrank or, often shrunk; shrunk or shrunken; shrinking.
4.
to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
5.
Textiles. to cause (a fabric) to contract during finishing, thus preventing shrinkage, during laundering, of the garments made from it.
noun
6.
an act or instance of shrinking.
7.
a shrinking movement.
8.
9.
Also, shrinker. Also called head shrinker. Slang. a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
Origin
900
before 900; 1955-60 for def 9; Middle English schrinken, Old English scrincan; cognate with Middle Dutch schrinken, Swedish skrynka to shrink, Norwegian skrukka old shrunken woman
Related forms
shrinkable, adjective
shrinkingly, adverb
nonshrinkable, adjective
nonshrinking, adjective
nonshrinkingly, adverb
overshrink, verb, overshrank or, often overshrunk; overshrunk or overshrunken; overshrinking.
unshrinkable, adjective
unshrinking, adjective
unshrinkingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. withdraw, recoil, quail. See wince1 . 3. See decrease.
Antonyms
3. increase.
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Examples for shrunk
  • The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an earldom.
  • The size of the circuitry needed inside a receiver has shrunk.
  • The team noticed that in the daughters of fat fathers, these islets had shrunk, compared with those of the control daughters.
  • So their tails and heat-shedding ears shrunk, and they grew thick coats of oily fur.
  • So while the pie has been growing rapidly, the share that goes to individual households has shrunk.
  • And as these species' genomes have shrunk, evolution has divvied up between them the tasks of supporting the sharpshooter.
  • Though the overall area now ablaze has shrunk, the number of individual fires has actually risen today.
  • Technology has shrunk the globe and stretched our lives and our minds.
  • When shrunk to fit in a phone, these chips are limited in the amount of light they can capture.
  • Sea level does not move along the rod which appears shrunk for muon.
British Dictionary definitions for shrunk

shrunk

/ʃrʌŋk/
verb
1.
a past participle and past tense of shrink

shrink

/ʃrɪŋk/
verb shrinks, shrinking, shrank, shrunk, shrunk, shrunken
1.
to contract or cause to contract as from wetness, heat, cold, etc
2.
to become or cause to become smaller in size
3.
(intransitive) often foll by from
  1. to recoil or withdraw to shrink from the sight of blood
  2. to feel great reluctance (at) to shrink from killing an animal
noun
4.
the act or an instance of shrinking
5.
(slang) a psychiatrist
Derived Forms
shrinkable, adjective
shrinker, noun
shrinking, adjective
shrinkingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English scrincan; related to Old Norse skrokkr torso, Old Swedish skrunkin wrinkled, Old Norse hrukka a crease, Icelandic skrukka wrinkled woman
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Word Origin and History for shrunk
shrink
O.E. scrincan (class III strong verb; past tense scranc, pp. scruncen), from P.Gmc. *skrenkanan (cf. M.Du. schrinken), probably from PIE base *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." Originally with causal shrench (cf. drink/drench). The meaning "draw back, recoil" (c.1300) perhaps was suggested by the behavior of snails. The slang sense of "psychiatrist" is first recorded 1966, from head-shrinker (1950). Shrink-wrap is attested from 1961.
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Slang definitions & phrases for shrunk

shrink

noun

A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, or other psychotherapist; headshrinker (1960+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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