Wilt \Wilt\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wilting.] [Written also welt, a modification of welk.] To begin to wither; to lose freshness and become flaccid, as a plant when exposed when exposed to drought, or to great heat in a dry day, or when separated from its root; to droop;. to wither. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] [1913 Webster]
Wilt \Wilt\, v. t.
To cause to begin to wither; to make flaccid, as a green plant. [Prov. Eng. U. S.] [1913 Webster]
Hence, to cause to languish; to depress or destroy the vigor and energy of. [Prov. Eng. & U. S.] [1913 Webster] Despots have wilted the human race into sloth and imbecility. --Dr. T. Dwight. [1913 Webster]
1 any plant disease characterized by drooping and shriveling; usually caused by parasites attacking the roots [syn: wilt disease]
2 causing to become limp or drooping [syn: wilting]
1 lose strength; "My opponent was wilting"
2 become limp; "The flowers wilted" [syn: droop]
Moby Thesaurusbeat, blow, break, break down, burn out, cave in, collapse, come apart, come unstuck, conk out, crack up, crumble, debilitate, decline, desiccate, diminish, disintegrate, do in, do up, droop, drop, dry up, dwindle, enervate, exhaust, exude, fade, fade away, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fatigue, fizzle out, flag, frazzle, gasp, get tired, give out, give way, go downhill, go soft, go to pieces, grow weary, harass, hit the skids, jade, knock out, knock up, languish, lose strength, mummify, mummy, overfatigue, overstrain, overtire, overweary, pant, peak, peg out, perspire, peter out, pine, play out, poop, poop out, prostrate, puff, puff and blow, run down, run out, sag, sear, shrink, shrivel, sink, succumb, swag, sweat, swelter, tire, tire out, tire to death, tucker, use up, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away, wear down, wear on, wear out, wear thin, weary, welter, wheeze, wind, wither, wither away, wizen, yield
- Rhymes with: -ɪlt
Etymology 1Alteration of welk, itself from welken, presumed from .
- Dutch: verwelkingsziekte
- Finnish: väsyä
to cause to droop
to cause to fatigue
- Finnish: väsyttää
- Non-preferential weak alternative forms of the 2nd and 3rd-person singular present of the strong verb willen.
- Wilting is the loss of rigidity of non-woody plants, usually in the leaves.
- Wilt is a 1976 novel by Tom Sharpe.
- Wilt is a 1989 movie adaptation of Sharpe's novel starring Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith..
- Wilt is a basketball loving, overly optimistic character from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
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- WILT is a radio station licensed to Wilmington, North Carolina.
- WILT is a former set of call letters belonging to WLGD in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
- Wilt Chamberlain – basketball player nicknamed "Wilt the Stilt"