Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Adjective: shrivelled  shri-vuld
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: shriveled)
  1. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
    "shrivelled grass";
    - dried-up, sere, sear, shriveled [US], withered
  2. Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    "the old woman's shrivelled skin";
    - shriveled [US], shrunken, withered, wizen, wizened
  3. Reduced in efficacy, vitality or intensity
    "our shrivelled receipts during the storm";
    - shriveled [US], shrunken
Verb: shrivel (shrivelled,shrivelling, or [US] shriveled,shriveling)  shri-vul
  1. Wither, as with a loss of moisture
    - shrivel up, shrink, wither
  2. Decrease in size, range, or extent
    - shrink

See also: decreased, dry, lean, meager [N. Amer], meagre [Brit, Cdn], reduced, thin

Type of: decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

Encyclopedia: Shrivel