Recorded since 1691, probably an alteration of welk, itself from Middle English welken, presumed from Middle Dutch (preserved in modern inchoative verwelken) or Middle Low German welken (“to wither”), cognate with Old High German irwelhen (“to become soft”).
- (intransitive) To droop or become limp and flaccid (as a dying leaf or flower).
- (intransitive) To fatigue; to lose strength.
- 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
- (transitive) To cause to droop or become limp and flaccid (as a flower).
- (transitive) To cause to fatigue; to exhaust.
- The act of wilting or the state of being wilted.
- (phytopathology) Any of various plant diseases characterized by wilting.
- (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of
- 1952, Bible (Revised Standard Version), Psalms 17:3
- If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night, if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me.