• WordNet 3.6
    • adj wizen 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wizen The weasand.
    • v. i Wizen To wither; to dry.
    • a Wizen Wizened; thin; weazen; withered. "A little lonely, wizen , strangely clad boy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wizen Hard, dry, and shriveled; withered.
    • wizen To become dry or withered; shrivel; cause to fade; make dry.
    • n wizen An obsolete or dialectal form of weasand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wizen dried up: thin: shrivelled
    • v.i., v.t Wizen to become dry, to make dry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wisenen, AS. wisnian, akin to weornian, to decay, OHG. wesann, to grow dry, G. verwesen, to rot, Icel. visna, to wither, Sw. vissna, Dan. visne, and probably to L. virus, an offensive odor, poison. Cf. Virus


In literature:

She saw a shrunken, wizened woman with a sad face.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The boy grinned, a queer contortion of his wizened little face with more mischief in it than mirth.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
What knowledge, how gained, justified Esteban's wizened saws?
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
He seemed to have shrunk back into his clothes until he was but a little, wizened man.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
He looked up at Lance, and a smile broke forth on his wizened, sharp little face.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Flat against the window of a second-floor room, and intently watching the bear, was the pale, wizened, evil face of Squeaks!
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Thereupon the wizened old fellow entered the chief's house.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Though his face was wizen, the leanness of his body had no appearance of weakness, but rather every sign of strength.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
A little wizened monkey like that!
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Donaldson screwed his wizened face into an expression of respect and made a motion of obeisance.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
He was a tall man, with gray, unkempt hair, and long, wizened face.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He's a little wizened-up fellow.
"The Rushton Boys at Treasure Cove" by Spencer Davenport
Again, if the wizened occupant of the cradle can be made to laugh that is accepted as proof of its fairy nature.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
A minute later, Jean looked up to see a bent, wizened old hag standing in the doorway, bobbing respectfully.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
His little wizened face was white with agitation, and he stood, with his eyes cast to the ground, waiting for Copley to speak.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
He was tall, lean, and wizened, in spite of the false plumpness of his thick white furs.
"Underground Man" by Gabriel Tarde
Not once did his glance swerve from Joos's wizened face.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
From the seat, a small, wizened, old woman looked at the crowd on the street.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
The wizened young violin-player fancied himself an omnipotent power among women.
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The wizened, yellow face bristled with curiosity.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann

In poetry:

A HANDFUL of cherries
She gave me in passing,
The wizened old woman,
And wished me good luck--
"Cherries" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Thou art wizen and white, ash-tree;
Other trees have gone on,
Have gathered and grown,
Have bourgeoned and borne:
Thou hast wasted and worn.
"Dead-Maid's-Pool" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
About the dead dark o' the night,
Ere the first cock clapped his wing,
The Hun Lord's soul had wandered far —
A shrunk and wizened thing —
"The Ballad Of The Hun King's Dream" by Cicely Fox Smith
There is an air of blankness
In the street and the littered spaces;
Thoroughfare, steeple, bridge and highway
Wizen themselves to lankness;
Kennels dribble dankness.
"Exeunt Omnes" by Thomas Hardy
The man he was ill, but the wife she was waur,
On her wizen'd-like face was mony a scar,
For they focht like twa cocks, an' aft she was seen
Gaun stoiten aboot wi' a pair o' black een.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
"Half-blind the kern, and aged, all wizen, cold, and grey,
A wolf is on the highroad, who hurries quick away."
"A wolf, Queen, is a danger who in the shade does go,
At the thief who seeks the night-time I quick shall bend my bow."
(She screams.)
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Dressed in a long black overcoat, looking a little like a wizened wizard from the snowy New Hampshire woods, Dennis Kucinich strides confidently into a chilly toolshed at Derek Owen's 200-acre organic farm.
The sun-wizened Tuareg women of Azalik have declared war on China.
Where does your father fall on this scale of galactic mass murderers and wizened archaeologists.
He was a patrician figure, with a nearly English accent and a gaunt, wizened face.
Washington's century-old cherry trees: wizened but still able to bust a bloom.
Like you should have heeded the life advice of the wizened Berenstain Bears when they laid out the dangers of having too much birthday.
Not only is the mustache the same — the monkey also possesses Einstein 's signature crazy hair, and a wizened expression that can only come with either being the genius who came up with the theory of relativity or a baby monkey.
The Hold Steady were wizened, wistful veterans when they started.
Do you think that knitters are sedentary, old, wizened and passive.