What does “wither” mean? (With a quiz question!)

2010-12-25 in Vocab

wither

What does “wither” mean?

Part of Speech: verb

Pronunciations: IPA: /ˈwɪ.ðər/ Glossary-style: [WIH-ther]

Definition: dry up; become wrinkled from a lack of moisture (Ex: withered leaves). decay, die, or lose vitality. abash, cause to be speechless, or stun (Ex: to wither with an icy glance).

Example: My father cast me a withering glance from across the table when he saw that I was about to tell everybody the story of how he got a speeding ticket.

Practice vocab question for “wither”

Cruella ’s icy glance withered Jeeves, causing him to lose all of his ——-.

(A) knowledge
(B) appeal
(C) emotion
(D) resolve
(E) invigoration

Answer:

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6 responses to What does “wither” mean? (With a quiz question!)

  1. Is it correct to say “Father smiled–with withering look, though–upon us breaking the window glass?”
    • I can’t see a withering look cracking glass. And ‘look’ is a singular count noun, so it requires a determiner (i.e.,
      a withering look
      ).

      Oh, I think you’re saying that ‘Father’ disapproved of our breaking the glass. How about this? Our father gave us a withering look after we broke the window glass.

  2. wither defines,
    1. to shrivel; fade; decay: The grapes had withered on the vine.
    2. to lose the freshness of youth, as from age (often followed by away ).
  3. In the book “Requirements Engineer”, we have the following statement: “For starters I´ll have ´Who?´, ´What?´, ´When?´, ´Where?´, and then ´Wither?´, ´Whence?´, and ´Wherefore´ to follow, and one big side order of ´Why´”. What does mean the word Wither?
    • The word there is “whither” – not “wither”. “Whither” means “which way” or “to which place”.
      • Yes! They are pronounced the same, but are very different words. Good eye, Arvindh.

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