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[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb (used without object)
to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.:
to wilt after a day's hard work.
verb (used with object)
to cause to wilt.
noun, Also, wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted:
a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
Plant Pathology.
  1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
  2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin of wilt1
1685-95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered
2. wane, droop; ebb, weaken.


[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb, Archaic.
second person singular present ind. of will1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wilting
  • Signs of fungal disease include wilting foliage, failure to flower or set fruit, and discolored leaves.
  • As you said by the seventies this monastery was largely wilting.
  • But demand for home loans was wilting even before the credit crisis, because of tighter monetary policy.
  • Wherever you stop, innovation slows and your society ends up behind and wilting on the vine.
  • Unemployment in both countries is rocketing and tax revenues are wilting after housing busts.
  • Never mind the smell of drains and wilting heat in summer, the pickpockets and the cheating restaurateurs.
  • Then after taking a short break, he maintained that pace before wilting on the back nine of the second round.
  • His genius is in no clear and present danger of wilting.
  • Their plumage is wilting, their wigs are askew, and their bustiers keep slipping south to reveal unmistakably masculine chests.
  • The dragonflies were darting, the roosters were crowing, the wrinkled trousers were wilting on the clothesline.
British Dictionary definitions for wilting


to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or drooping: insufficient water makes plants wilt
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
(transitive) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
Word Origin
C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken


(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will1
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Word Origin and History for wilting



1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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