• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shrivelled 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 shrivelled 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 shrivelled (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:

They were shriveled and colorless with the cold.
"The Stillwater Tragedy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
A shrivelled soul, never too large, in the body of a powerful giant.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
But his desires are shrivelling like his face and his body.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
They gave it me after they had shrivelled up my lips and marred the beauty of my face with irons.
"Lysbeth" by H. Rider Haggard
Miser and pedant, he is but a shriveled parchment edition of his heartless, dead brother.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
I was commencin' to feel the shrivel, so it's California for Phoebe and me.
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
They were so reduced that it seemed as if only a dry, shriveled skin covered their emaciated frames.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
Some difficulty was experienced in preserving them, as they lost colour and shrivelled up.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Philip could not read behind the strange, shrivelled face.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
His face looked pinched, his whole appearance shrivelled.
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He had a profound respect for the little wiry man, with the firm body and shrivelled face.
"Carnac's Folly, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The pain in his legs grew worse; the rest of his body seemed to shrivel under it.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
They had felt their hearts and lungs shrivel within them.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
The hands and feet, in their shrivelled state, are slender and delicate.
"A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians" by H. C. Yarrow
Mrs. De Peyster, in her dim corner, tried to shrivel up into yet darker obscurity.
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott
And I saw now that it had a shriveled body, or at least little legs, bent, almost crushed under by its weight.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The ice-cream pants of a bygone day; the pointed, shriveled yellow Oxfords!
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
By August the leaves were yellow and many were shrivelling.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Mr Shank, who was still seated in his arm-chair, put out his shrivelled hand and clasped hers.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
When ripe, they are nearly white, much shrivelled, and contain six or seven seeds.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr

In poetry:

"Yea, old and shrivell'd he shall win my love.
Poor Palomydes fretting out his soul!
Not always is he able, son, to move
His love, and do it honour: needs must roll
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris
The rats had devoured the contents of his grain-bin,
The deer had trampled on his corn,
His brook had shrivelled in a summer drought,
And his sheep had died unshorn.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
You do not understand. You think your beauty
Does but inflame my senses to desire,
Till all you hold as loyalty and duty,
Is shrunk and shrivelled in the ardent fire.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope
Her shrunken hands caressed his rounded cheek,
Her white locks on his golden hair
Fell sadly. "O love!" she cried with shriveled lips,
"O love, my love, my own, my fair!
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Hoarse drooping darkness hung me with a shroud
And switched at me with shrivelled leaves in scorn.
Red morning stole beneath a grinning cloud,
And suddenly clambering over dike and thorn
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden
Somewhere I see my sword has done good service,
Some one I killed, who, smiling, used your name,
But in what country? Nay, I have forgotten,
All thought is shrivelled in my heart's hot flame.
""Lost Delight"" by Laurence Hope

In news:

A fierce drought is shriveling crops from Texas to North Dakota and has shrunk the Mississippi to its lowest levels on record.
After high temperatures in March, blossom-shriveling frosts in April, and a hot-dry summer, the apple crop yield is down 54 percent statewide from the five-year average, according to the US Department of Agriculture's crop forecast.
Conditions and deformities (remember the man with the shriveled hand.
Gasoline prices rise as corn stalks shrivel .
Without Government, the Private Sector Would Shrivel .
McDonald's Expects Sales Growth To Shrivel This Month.
Cattle Numbers Shrivel in U.S.
Researchers in British Columbia aren't shrinking from the study of berry shrivel , a disease that's been growing in significance in the Canadian province in recent years.
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.
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.