Whither vs Wilt - What's the difference?

whither | wilt |

As verbs the difference between whither and wilt

is that whither is (intransitive|obsolete|dialectal) to wuther while wilt is to droop or become limp and flaccid (as a dying leaf or flower) or wilt can be .

As an adverb whither

is (literary|or|archaic) to which place.

As a noun wilt is

the act of wilting or the state of being wilted.




  • (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



    Etymology 1

    Recorded since 1691, probably an alteration of welk, itself from (etyl) welken, presumed from (etyl) (preserved in modern inchoative verwelken) or (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To droop or become limp and flaccid (as a dying leaf or flower).
  • To fatigue; to lose strength.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 27 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , passage=Not only were Jupp Heynckes' team pacey in attack but they were relentless in their pursuit of the ball once they had lost it, and as the game wore on they merely increased their dominance as City wilted in the Allianz Arena.}}
  • To cause to droop or become limp and flaccid (as a flower).
  • To cause to fatigue; to exhaust.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of wilting or the state of being wilted.
  • Any of various plant diseases characterized by wilting.
  • Etymology 2


  • * Bible, Psalms
  • If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night, if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me.
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