Definition of "shrivel" [shriv•el]

  • (verb-transitive) To become or make shrunken and wrinkled, often by drying: Leaves die, fall, and shrivel. The heat shriveled the unwatered seedlings.
  • (verb-transitive) To lose or cause to lose vitality or intensity: My enthusiasm shriveled as the project wore on. Inflation shriveled the buying power of the dollar.
  • (verb-transitive) To become or make much less or smaller; dwindle.

Use "shrivel" in a sentence

  • "Okay, why did my brain shrivel to the size and consistency of a pea after two kids and you just had a baby and show no signs of “baby brain” at all."
  • "But consider yourself lucky: if I were really to blog about our sex life you KNOW that your testicles would shrivel from the embarassment."
  • "He even used "going forward," a term to shrivel the heart of anyone toiling at a corporation that values meaningless management-talk."

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