If someone or something is shriveled or shrunken with age, it is withered. If your skin is looking a little withered from being out in the sun all the time, it's time for a really good moisturizer.

The adjective withered is also used to describe vegetation that has dried up or shriveled from loss of moisture. If you've ever seen a raisin, you can picture exactly what happens when a grape becomes withered — it becomes shrunken and wrinkled. Withered is from the word wither, which etymologists suggest is a variant of weather from the same Old English word weder.

Definitions of withered
  1. adjective
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    “"a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie”
    “he did well despite his withered arm”
    synonyms: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, wizen, wizened
    lean, thin
    lacking excess flesh
  2. adjective
    (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
    withered vines”
    synonyms: dried-up, sear, sere, shriveled, shrivelled
    free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
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