shrivel

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Etymology[edit]

First recorded as shriveled (shrivelled), probably of North Germanic origin related to dialectal Swedish skryvla (to wrinkle, shrivel).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: shrĭ'vəl, IPA(key): /ˈʃɹɪvəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪvəl

Verb[edit]

shrivel (third-person singular simple present shrivels, present participle (UK) shrivelling or (US) shriveling, simple past and past participle (UK) shrivelled or (US) shriveled)

  1. (intransitive) To collapse inward; to crumble.
    The plant shrivelled from lack of water.
  2. (intransitive) To become wrinkled.
    His fingers were shriveled from being in the bath for too long.
  3. (transitive) To draw into wrinkles.
    The hot sun shrivelled the leaves.

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