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Shrivel vs Whither - What's the difference?

shrivel | whither |

As verbs the difference between shrivel and whither

is that shrivel is to collapse inward; to crumble while whither is to wuther.

As an adverb whither is

to which place.




(shrivell) (UK ) (en-verb) (US )
  • To collapse inward; to crumble.
  • I saw him shrivel on the ground in fear.
  • To become wrinkled.
  • His fingers were shriveled from being in the bath for too long.
  • To draw into wrinkles.
  • The hot sun shrivelled the leaves.




  • (literary, or, archaic) To which place.
  • * 1918 , , Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 8
  • The wagon jolted on, carrying me I knew not whither .
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  • * 1885 , , Penguin Red Classics, paperback edition, page 24
  • And with the same grave countenance he hurried through his breakfast and drove to the police station, whither the body had been carried.

    Usage notes

    * This word is unusual in modern usage; where is much more common. It is more often encountered in older works, or when used poetically. * Do not confuse with whether'' or ''wither .

    Derived terms

    * anywhither * nowhither * whitherward * whitherever


    * whereto


    * whence


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, obsolete, dialectal) To wuther.
  • English interrogative adverbs