AskDefine | Define wizen

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wizen \Wiz"en\, a. Wizened; thin; weazen; withered. [1913 Webster] A little lonely, wizen, strangely clad boy. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]
Wizen \Wiz"en\, n. The weasand. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]
Wizen \Wiz"en\, v. i. [OE. wisenen, AS. wisnian akin to weornian to decay, OHG. wesan?n 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.] To wither; to dry. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wizen adj : 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 gray hair" [syn: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, withered, wizened]

Moby Thesaurus

Sanforize, age, air-dry, anhydrate, attenuate, bake, blot, brush, burn, cheat the undertaker, consume, cure, decline, decrease, dehumidify, dehydrate, desiccate, diminish, dodder, drain, droop, dry, dry up, dwindle, emacerate, emaciate, evaporate, exsiccate, fade, fade away, fail, fire, flag, get along, get on, grow old, insolate, kiln, languish, macerate, mummify, mummy, parch, pine, preshrink, reduce, rub, scorch, sear, shake, shrink, shrivel, sink, smoke, soak up, sponge, sun, sun-dry, swab, thin, torrefy, totter, towel, turn gray, turn white, wane, waste, waste away, weazen, welter, wilt, wipe, wither, wrinkle
see wisen

English

Etymology

wisenen < wisnian.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈwɪzən/

Adjective

  1. wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
    His face was wizen and wrinkled, his faded blue eyes dim and weak-looking. He was feeble, and his hands were tremulous with a perpetual nervous motion.
    Yes, there would be a day when his face would be wrinkled and wizen, his eyes dim and colourless, the grace of his figure broken and deformed. The scarlet would pass away from his lips and the gold steal from his hair.

Verb

  1. To wither; to become lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
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