- Wilt means to become limp.
- 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.
An example of to wilt is to get very hot and feel faint.
This flower has wilted.
- 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 of wiltvariant, variety of obsolete welk, to wither ; from Middle English welken, to fade, wither, dry up, akin to Old High German welc, damp, wilted ; from Indo-European an unverified form welg-, variant, variety of base an unverified form welk-, moist, damp from source Old English 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
verbwilt·ed, wilt·ing, wilts
- 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: The heat wilted the flowers.
- To deprive of energy or vigor; fatigue or exhaust: Worry wilted the parents.
- The action 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 of wiltPossibly alteration of dialectal welk, from Middle English welken.
(third-person singular simple present wilts, present participle wilting, simple past and past participle wilted)
Recorded since 1691, probably an alteration of welk, itself from Middle English welken, presumed from Middle Dutch (preserved in modern inchoative verwelken) or Middle Low German welken (“to wither"), cognate with Old High German irwelhen (“to become soft").
- (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of will