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English adjective: shrunken

1. shrunken lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness

SamplesThe 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.
He did well despite his withered arm.
A wizened little man with frizzy grey hair.

Synonymsshriveled, shrivelled, withered, wizen, wizened

Similarlean, thin


2. shrunken reduced in efficacy or vitality or intensity

SamplesOur shriveled receipts during the storm.
As the project wore on she found her enthusiasm shriveled.
The dollar's shrunken buying power.

Synonymsshriveled, shrivelled

Similardecreased, reduced


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