1. 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

Syn: ↑shriveled, ↑shrivelled, ↑withered, ↑wizen, ↑wizened
Similar to: ↑thin, ↑lean
2. reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity

our shriveled receipts during the storm


as the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled


the dollar's shrunken buying power

Syn: ↑shriveled, ↑shrivelled
Similar to: ↑decreased, ↑reduced

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