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v. wiz·ened, wiz·en·ing, wiz·ens
To dry up; wither or shrivel.
To cause to wither, shrivel, or dry up.
Shriveled or dried up; withered: "There would be a day when his face would be wrinkled and wizen" (Oscar Wilde).

[Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian.]


to make or become shrivelled
a variant of wizened
[Old English wisnian; related to Old Norse visna, Old High German wesanēn]


an archaic word for weasand


(ˈwɪz ən, ˈwi zən)

1. to wither; shrivel.
2. wizened.
[before 900; Middle English wisenen, Old English wisnian, c. Old High German wesanēn, Old Norse visna to wither]


Past participle: wizened
Gerund: wizening

I wizen
you wizen
he/she/it wizens
we wizen
you wizen
they wizen
I wizened
you wizened
he/she/it wizened
we wizened
you wizened
they wizened
Present Continuous
I am wizening
you are wizening
he/she/it is wizening
we are wizening
you are wizening
they are wizening
Present Perfect
I have wizened
you have wizened
he/she/it has wizened
we have wizened
you have wizened
they have wizened
Past Continuous
I was wizening
you were wizening
he/she/it was wizening
we were wizening
you were wizening
they were wizening
Past Perfect
I had wizened
you had wizened
he/she/it had wizened
we had wizened
you had wizened
they had wizened
I will wizen
you will wizen
he/she/it will wizen
we will wizen
you will wizen
they will wizen
Future Perfect
I will have wizened
you will have wizened
he/she/it will have wizened
we will have wizened
you will have wizened
they will have wizened
Future Continuous
I will be wizening
you will be wizening
he/she/it will be wizening
we will be wizening
you will be wizening
they will be wizening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wizening
you have been wizening
he/she/it has been wizening
we have been wizening
you have been wizening
they have been wizening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wizening
you will have been wizening
he/she/it will have been wizening
we will have been wizening
you will have been wizening
they will have been wizening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wizening
you had been wizening
he/she/it had been wizening
we had been wizening
you had been wizening
they had been wizening
I would wizen
you would wizen
he/she/it would wizen
we would wizen
you would wizen
they would wizen
Past Conditional
I would have wizened
you would have wizened
he/she/it would have wizened
we would have wizened
you would have wizened
they would have wizened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wizen - lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness; "the old woman's shriveled skin"; "he looked shriveled and ill"; "a shrunken old man"; "a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie; "he did well despite his withered arm"; "a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare


To make or become no longer fresh or shapely because of loss of moisture:
References in classic literature ?
I saw a little mite sitting on a doorstep in a Soho slum one night, and I shall never forget the look that the gas-lamp showed me on its wizen face--a look of dull despair, as if from the squalid court the vista of its own squalid life had risen, ghostlike, and struck its heart dead with horror.
By dint of angling with great dexterity and patience, under the direction of both her parents, my handsome sister Annabella had succeeded in catching an eligible husband, in the shape of a wizen, miserly, mahogany-colored man, turned fifty, who had made a fortune in the West Indies.
His wizen little cheeks were beginning to shrink into hollows, his frail little figure had already contracted a slight stoop.
"My goodness me!" cried Monica, the smaller, the drier, and the more wizened of the pair.
Veiling his clear-cut, lean face in a thin layer of a hard, high cloud, I have seen him, like a wizened robber sheik of the sea, hold up large caravans of ships to the number of three hundred or more at the very gates of the English Channel.
He was old, too, wizened with age, and the hair on his face was gray.
Chanticleer himself, though stalking on two stilt-like legs, with the dignity of interminable descent in all his gestures, was hardly bigger than an ordinary partridge; his two wives were about the size of quails; and as for the one chicken, it looked small enough to be still in the egg, and, at the same time, sufficiently old, withered, wizened, and experienced, to have been founder of the antiquated race.
"He's terrible," said Emma Jane, "but awfully wizened and small."
I called to mind the theory that an innate physical deficiency is seldom without its moral counterpart, and I wondered how far this would apply to the deaf-mute at my side, who was ill-grown, wizened, and puny into the bargain.
Every nincompoop in the land rushed into free print, floating their wizened little egos into the public eye on the surge of Brissenden's greatness.
But lo and behold, Mistress Blythe, Henry looks up at me, with those bright old black eyes of his in his wizened face and says, says he, `Tell me something I don't know, Jim Boyd, if you want to give me information.
She was the abject wreck of a beautiful woman, wizened, prematurely aged.