Origin of wizenMiddle English wisenen ; from Old English wisnian, to become dry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to wither from source Classical Latin viescere, Lithuanian výsti, to wither
verbwiz·ened, wiz·en·ing, wiz·ens
Origin of wizenMiddle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian.
(comparative more wizen, superlative most wizen)
- wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
(third-person singular simple present wizens, present participle wizening, simple past and past participle wizened)
- To wither; to become lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian