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

with 4 Comments

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:

show

4 Responses

  1. Is it correct to say “Father smiled–with withering look, though–upon us breaking the window glass?”
    • Erin
      |
      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. Eliezer
    |
    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?

Leave a Reply