- 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.
wilt definition by Webster's New World
- 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: variant, 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
wilt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.