Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To dry up; wither or shrivel.
  • transitive v. To cause to wither, shrivel, or dry up.
  • adj. Shriveled or dried up; withered: "There would be a day when his face would be wrinkled and wizen” ( Oscar Wilde).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. wizened; withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
  • v. To wither; to become lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To wither; to dry.
  • adj. Wizened; thin; weazen; withered.
  • n. The weasand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hard, dry, and shriveled; withered.
  • To become dry or withered; shrivel; cause to fade; make dry.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of weasand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

Etymologies

Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English wisenen, from Old English wisnian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact I think with the world the way it is now and the interaction now possible because of technology we can experience and learn a lot more than people did in the past, which I believe has the ability to change and wizen a person much quicker than was possible in the not so distant past.

    Revolution and Evolution, Part 2 (The Dean Koontz edition) | Johnny B. Truant

  • I remembered the main building in detail, wizen walls, dull unpolished and broken floorboards, nineteen fifties metal, peeling paint, dust, decay, death.

    Story to Forget

  • Obama shouldn't go for the sage to help wizen up the ticket (Bush/Cheney) but the smart hottie (Clinton/Gore).

    Rasmussen: Obama Catching Up In Texas And Ohio

  • I'd hoped that he'd wizen up, and end the campaign in style.

    Conservative Group To Run Anti-Wright Ads On National Networks Through Election Day

  • If he'll only pay a trifle of money for me, and give me a few odd hundreds to begin with, I'll hold him quit of all else, so he'll but quit me of that wizen little stump. '

    Camilla

  • Of course I don't want the anti-immigrant hate spewers to wizen up to their inconsistencies and expel the 33 immigrants on the US Olympic team this year, let alone a vast number of our nation's doctors, nurses, engineers -- and one governor.

    Sally Kohn: The Irony of Immigrant Olympians

  • Close under this window, kneeling on the bare boards with his face to the door, there appeared, of all the creatures in the world to see alone at such a place and at such a time, a mere mite of a child — a little, lonely, wizen, strangely-clad boy, who could not at the most, have been more than five years old.

    A House to Let

  • “Get ye out, Mr. Polonius!” said the old lady, a little wizen-faced old lady, with her face puckered up in a million of wrinkles.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • It is needless to say, after entering so largely into a description of Lady Gorgon, that her husband was a little shrivelled wizen-faced creature, eight inches shorter than her

    The Bedford-Row Conspiracy

  • Her eyes were as bright, and her little wizen face was as sharp as ever; but the wizen face and the bright eyes were not so much amiss as seen together with the old dark brown silk dress which she now wore, as they had been with the wiggeries and the evening finery.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

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