forshrink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forshrinken, from Old English forscrincan (to shrink up, dry up, wither away), equivalent to for- +‎ shrink.

Verb[edit]

forshrink (third-person singular simple present forshrink, present participle forshrinking, simple past forshrank, past participle forshrunk or forshrunken)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To shrink up; dry up; wither.
    • 1870, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Cowden Clarke, The riches of Chaucer:
      Forshrunk with heat the ladies eke to-brent, [...]