Wither Definition

wĭthər
withered, withering, withers
verb
withered, withering, withers
To dry up, as from great heat; shrivel; wilt.
Webster's New World
To cause to wither.
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To cause to quail or feel abashed, as by a scornful glance.
Webster's New World
To lose vigor or freshness; become wasted or decayed.
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To weaken; languish.
Affection that soon withered.
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adverb

(obsolete or chiefly in compounds) Against, in opposition to.

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prefix

(now chiefly UK dialectal, Scotland) Prefix meaning: "against", "in opposition to"; "in return"; "counter-"; "contrary (to)"; "in the opposite direction (of or to)"; "backwards".

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Origin of Wither

  • From Middle English, from Old English wiþer (“again, against", adverb in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *wiþra (“against, toward"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄ«-tero- (“further apart"), *wÄ«- (“separate, alone"). Cognate with Low German wedder (“against"), Dutch weer (“again, back"), German wider (“against, contrary to"), wieder (“again"), Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌸𐍂𐌰 (wiþra), Old Norse viðr. More at with.

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  • From Middle English, from Old English wiþer (“again, against”, adverb in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *wiþra (“against, toward”), from Proto-Indo-European *wī-tero- (“further apart”), *wī- (“separate, alone”). Cognate with Low German wedder (“against”), Dutch weer (“again, back”), German wider (“against, contrary to”), wieder (“again”). More at with.

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  • From Middle English widren, wydderen (“to dry up, shrivel"), related to or perhaps an alteration of Middle English wederen (“to expose to weather"), from Old English wederian (“to expose to weather, exhibit a change of weather"). Compare Dutch verwederen, verweren (“to erode by weather"), German verwittern (“to be ruined by weather; to erode"). More at weather.

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  • From Middle English witheren, from Old English wiþerian (“to resist, oppose, struggle against"), from Proto-Germanic *wiþrōnÄ… (“to go against, resist"). Cognate with Middle Dutch wideren, Old High German widarōn.

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  • Alteration of Middle English widderen perhaps variant of wederen to weather from weder weather weather

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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