• WordNet 3.6
    • v shrivel decrease in size, range, or extent "His earnings shrank","My courage shrivelled when I saw the task before me"
    • v shrivel wither, as with a loss of moisture "The fruit dried and shriveled"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Shrivel To cause to shrivel or contract; to cause to shrink onto corruptions.
    • v. i Shrivel To draw, or be drawn, into wrinkles; to shrink, and form corrugations; as, a leaf shriveles in the hot sun; the skin shrivels with age; -- often with up.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shrivel To contract; draw or be drawn into wrinkles; shrink and form corrugations, as a leaf in the hot sun, or the skin with age.
    • shrivel Synonyms To shrivel is to become wrinkled or corrugated by contraction; to shrink is, as a rule, to contract while preserving the same general form.
    • shrivel To contract into wrinkles; cause to shrink into corrugations.
    • shrivel To make narrow; limit in scope.
    • shrivel To wither; blight; render impotent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i., v.t Shrivel shriv′l to contract into wrinkles: to blight
    • pr.p Shrivel shriv′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. shriv′elled
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably akin to shrimp, shrink,; cf. dial. AS. screpa, to pine away, Norw. skrypa, to waste, skryp, skryv, transitory, frail, Sw. skröpling, feeble, Dan. skröbelig, Icel. skrjpr, brittle, frail


In literature:

Gervaise, bent almost double, her hands all shriveled, and thrust in amongst the clothes, merely tossed her head.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Generally the countenance was that of an old man, the furrows were deep, the skin brown and shrivelled.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
His lips were dry and shrivelled as if he had passed through a sirocco.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
Her hand shrivelled up, and she could no longer open it.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
He seemed shrivelled and bent, as if some sudden weakness had overcome him.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
It seemed to him the whole world shriveled under a furnace heat.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Put the dish into an oven, and bake them a very short time, or they will shrivel.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
My body has shriveled.
"Classic Myths" by Mary Catherine Judd
One blossomed and withered, then, or one shriveled up without having flowered.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
We found her in the house, sallow, and shrivelled, and panting for breath.
"Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine" by Edwin Waugh
Saw same monkey still carrying dead baby monkey, all shriveled up.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
While the two men ate, the shriveled outcast beamed timidly, hovering about them, fidgeting.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
In the morning the sails hung motionless and shrivelled along the masts.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
Until about the end of the second year it increases in size, and then it begins gradually to shrivel away.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Under the illimitable desire of passion the magic skin would shrivel up in an hour.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
They do not like rough winds, and the glare of the sun shrivels them up.
"On the Seashore" by R. Cadwallader Smith
At this moment, then, I felt myself slowly but surely shrinking and shriveling up.
"Adventures In Friendship" by David Grayson
If he could have shrivelled into ashes at her feet he would have done it.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
In a rough chair, by a table covered with the untidy remains of a meal, was seated an elderly Mexican, as shriveled and brown as a dried bean.
"The Border Boys Across the Frontier" by Fremont B. Deering
The brown, shrivelled lips seemed to fill out, grow red, and smile.
"The Mummy and Miss Nitocris" by George Griffith

In poetry:

For every tree that stood there,
And the green grass every blade,
Shrivelled and died on every side,
Whenever the price was paid.
"The Ballad of Lost Souls" by John Oxenham
How shrivelled in thy hot distress
The primal sin of selfishness!
How instant rose, to take thy part,
The angel in the human heart!
"Chicago" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I would not live to stretch my shrivelled hands
To an old fire died low,
Minding me of the long-lost happy lands
And children long ago.
"A Song Of Going" by Katharine Tynan
The gray "alas" of the days that pass,
And the hope that says "adieu,"
A parting sorrow, a shriveled flower,
And one ghost's hour
With you.
"A Threnody" by Madison Julius Cawein
"One fresh touch of dewy grasses,
"Just to cool this shrivelled hand!
"Just to catch one breeze that passes
"From our blessed promised LAND!"
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
Poor breasts! that God designed for love,
For baby lips to kiss and press;
That never felt, yet dreamed thereof,
The human touch, the child caress—
That lie like shriveled blooms above
The heart's long-perished happiness.
"A Maid Who Died Old" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Buffon argued that because North America was a cold and wet clime, all species found there were weak, shriveled, and diminished—they were degenerate .
Many corn crops are on the verge of shriveling up in this heat.
A fierce drought is shriveling crops from Texas to North Dakota and has shrunk the Mississippi to its lowest levels on record.
Without Government, the Private Sector Would Shrivel .
McDonald's Expects Sales Growth To Shrivel This Month.
Cattle Numbers Shrivel in U.S.
What Happens to Architectural Criticism When Dailies Shrivel and Bloggers Take Over.
Venture Capital Could Shrivel Away.
Grape growers surveyed on shrivel .
Berry shrivel affects between 5 to 10 percent of Washington's grape crop, according to a recent Washington State University survey.
Shriveled Michigan apple harvest means fewer jobs, tough year ahead.
Sprinklers Won't help Shriveled Raspberry Plants.
Barack Obama's presidency: Why hope shrivelled .
The O'Reilly Factor Shrivels While Weighty Network News Returns to the Fore .
The O'Reilly Factor Shrivels While Weighty Network News Returns to the Fore.