• (America) IPA: /ˈwɪðɚ/; enPR: wĭthʹər
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈwɪðə/

wither (withers, present participle withering; past and past participle withered)

  1. (intransitive) To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water.
  2. (transitive) To cause to shrivel or dry up.
    • Bible, Matthew xii. 10
      There was a man which had his hand withered.
      c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v]:
      This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered.
    • now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave
  3. (intransitive, figurative) To lose vigour or power; to languish; to pass away.
    • names that must not wither
    • States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.
  4. (intransitive) To become helpless due to emotion.
  5. (transitive) To make helpless due to emotion.
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wither (plural withers)

  1. singular of withers#English|withers (“part of the back of a four-legged animal that is between the shoulder blades”)
    • 2007, Sara Douglass, Enchanter, Macmillan (ISBN 9781429911511):
      Timozel had slid his feet quickly from the stirrups and swung his leg over the horse's wither as it slumped to the ground, standing himself in one graceful movement.
    • 2008, Kate Luxmoore, Introduction to Equestrian Sports (ISBN 9780643094796), page 140:
      If a saddle tips too far forward it may rest on the horse's wither and cause pain. There should always be a gap of roughly 5 cm between the horse's wither and the pommel when you are sitting on the saddle.


  1. (obsolete or chiefly in compounds) Against, in opposition to.

wither (withers, present participle withering; past and past participle withered)

  1. (obsolete) To go against, resist; oppose.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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