Wilt means to become limp.verb
- An example of wilt is for a flower to fold in half after it hasn't had water for a few days.
- An example of wilt is for a person to become faint after heavy exertion.
To wilt is to get weak.verb
An example of to wilt is to get very hot and feel faint.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to become limp, as from heat or lack of water; wither; droop: said of plants
- to become weak or faint; lose strength; languish
- to lose courage; quail
Origin: var. of obs. welk, to wither < ME welken, to fade, wither, dry up, akin to OHG welc, damp, wilted < IE *welg-, var. of base *welk-, moist, damp > OE wealg, nauseous
- a wilting or being wilted
- also, esp. for a, wilt disease
- a highly infectious disease of some caterpillars, in which the carcasses liquefy
- any of several plant diseases caused by certain bacteria or fungi and characterized by wilting of the leaves
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verb wilt·ed, wilt·ing, wilts verb, intransitive
- To become limp or flaccid; droop: plants wilting in the heat.
- To feel or exhibit the effects of fatigue or exhaustion; weaken markedly: “His brain wilted from hitherto unprecedented weariness” (Vladimir Nabokov).
- To cause to droop or lose freshness.
- To deprive of energy or vigor; fatigue or exhaust.
- The act of wilting or the state of being wilted.
- Any of various plant diseases characterized by slow or rapid collapse of terminal shoots, branches, or entire plants.
Origin: Possibly alteration of dialectal welk, from Middle English welken.