The heat wilted the flowers.
Worry wilted the parents.
Plants wilting in the heat.
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.
An example of to wilt is to get very hot and feel faint.
Other Word Forms
Origin of wilt
- Possibly alteration of dialectal welk from Middle English welken
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").