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wizened

[wiz-uh nd; wee-zuh nd] /ˈwɪz ənd; ˈwi zənd/
adjective
1.
withered; shriveled:
a wizened old man; wizened features.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; wizen + -ed2

wizen

[wiz-uh n; wee-zuh n] /ˈwɪz ən; ˈwi zən/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to wither; shrivel; dry up.
adjective
2.
Origin
before 900; (v.) Middle English wisenen, Old English wisnian; cognate with Old Norse visna to wither; (adj.) shortened form of wizened
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  • Look for stems that are firm and green, not brownish and wizened.
  • Some of the spines appear wizened with age, others straight at attention.
British Dictionary definitions for wizened

wizened

/ˈwɪzənd/
adjective
1.
shrivelled, wrinkled, or dried up, esp with age

wizen1

/ˈwɪzən/
verb
1.
to make or become shrivelled
adjective
2.
a variant of wizened
Word Origin
Old English wisnian; related to Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanēn

wizen2

/ˈwiːzən/
noun
1.
an archaic word for weasand
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Word Origin and History for wizened

wizen

v.

Old English wisnian, weosnian "to wither," cognate with Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanen "to dry up, shrivel, wither;" German verwesen "to decay, rot." Related: Wizened.

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