• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shriveled reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity "our shriveled receipts during the storm","as the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled","the dollar's shrunken buying power"
    • adj shriveled lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness "the old woman's shriveled skin","he looked shriveled and ill","a shrunken old man","a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie","he did well despite his withered arm","a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"
    • adj shriveled (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture "dried-up grass","the desert was edged with sere vegetation","shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings","withered vines"
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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.”


In literature:

Now, he had put a fresh rose into the glass only last night, and to-day it was faded, shrivelled up, dead, with its head drooping.
"In Midsummer Days and Other Tales" by August Strindberg
They were small, thin, shrivelled, black, with long matted hair and hideous faces.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
While it smoked, shrivelled, and crackled in the flames, Morton sprung forward to snatch it, and Burley catching hold of him, a struggle ensued.
"Old Mortality, Illustrated, Volume 2." by Sir Walter Scott
While it smoked, shrivelled, and crackled in the flames, Morton sprung forward to snatch it, and Burley catching hold of him, a struggle ensued.
"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
The heat, however, is sufficient to kill the tree and in a few years the bark shrivels and falls off.
"The Yosemite" by John Muir
When he got to camp with us he was very skinny and shriveled up from being so long in the salt water.
"The Biography of a Rabbit" by Roy Benson
If he knew that she could see him as I do, his love would shrivel up like a flower in a drought.
"Snow-Blind" by Katharine Newlin Burt
An old crone, leaning out of an opposite window, with matted hair hanging over a begrimed and shrivelled countenance, made answer.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Upon the dresser was a little vase containing some shrivelled flowers.
"The Sword of Antietam" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Guess you'd put it all in a bandbox, and there would be nothing left but a shrivelled old woman!
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And there they watched until a man became a charred and shriveled mass.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Her hand shrivelled up, and she could no longer open it.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Why do those of the Bean shrivel and finally drop off?
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
His shrivell'd hand was wet with tears she pour'd, alas!
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 344 (Supplementary Issue)" by Various
It was a hot and stifling day; a long drought had parched and shriveled every living thing; and the white August dust lay everywhere.
"Saxe Holm's Stories" by Helen Hunt Jackson
It is a shrunken and shrivelled remnant, a moss-grown ruin, a derelict ship.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
My conceit too will be but a shriveled bladder.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
It was shrivelled and yellow, but thick enough to give him very good cover.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
The shriveled leaves were blown from the trees by the fierce gusts.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It will shine through an ugly face, a shriveled form, a bad complexion.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver

In poetry:

As if a fire had swept across the meadows
They shriveled in the drouth;
And what this meant for the poor fagot-maker
Was famine, without doubt.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
With shrivelled hands he flung his seed,
Nor ever turned to look behind;
Of sight or sound he took no heed;
It seemed, he was both deaf and blind.
"The Sower" by James Russell Lowell
At length, alas! we were but two
With features shrivel'd, shrunk, and changed,
Whose faded eyes could scarcely view
The vacant seats around us ranged.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
Now at this time, for days and days together,
There fell no drop of rain;
The corn shrunk on the stalks; and in the sunshine
Rustled the shriveled grain;
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
I do not see her -- the old wife there --
Shrivell'd, and haggard, and grey,
But I look on her blooming, and soft, and fair,
As she was on her wedding-day:
"The Song Of Seventy" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
So while I lay entranced a curtain seemed
To shrivel with crackling from before my face;
Across mine eyes a waxing radiance beamed
And showed a certain place.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

The snowberries of January finally started to turn brown and shrivel in February.
Is Apple starting to shrivel .
Chinese Solar Fortunes Shrivel , Leaving Just One Billionaire.
Gasoline prices rise as corn stalks shrivel .
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.
Fields of crops that are shriveled or still green with unproductive plants are clear signs of how damaging the summer has been, particularly in the Midwest.
Wine grapes infected by Flavescence dorÃCopyrighte, showing brown, shrivelled fruits.
As rain clouds continue to bypass the northern tier of Arkansas' counties, hope for abundant fall forage is shriveling along with the seedlings, county Extension agents said Nov 6.
Lay the eggplants on the baking sheet, cut side down, and place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the skin has shriveled and the eggplants are beginning to collapse.
It was just starting to snow, and the scattered vegetable plants in the Warren St Marks Community Garden in Park Slope, Brooklyn, were brown and shriveled.
Avoid mushy kiwis or ones with shriveled skin.
CHICAGO — Even after the worst drought in a half century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, US farmers are having their most profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
Demand shrivels as more use gadgets for reading.