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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.]
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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
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wiz•en(ˈwɪz ən, ˈwi zən)
1. to wither; shrivel.adj.
[before 900; Middle English wisenen, Old English wisnian, c. Old High German wesanēn, Old Norse visna to wither]
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Past participle: wizened
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|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"|
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