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Wizened vs Wisen - What's the difference?

wizened | wisen |

As verbs the difference between wizened and wisen

is that wizened is past tense of wizen while wisen is to become wiser.

As an adjective wizened

is withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.




  • (wizen)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
  • * 1816 , , Old Mortality , ch. 8:
  • "Ill-fard, crazy, crack-brained gowk, that she is!" exclaimed the housekeeper. . . "If it hadna been that I am mair than half a gentlewoman by my station, I wad hae tried my ten nails in the wizen'd hide o' her!"
  • * 1907 , , Before Adam , ch. 7:
  • He was old, too, wizened with age, and the hair on his face was gray.
  • * 2010 May 13, , " Cannes: Best-Ever Film by a 101-Year-Old Man," Time (retrieved 5 Oct 2013):
  • In the simple fable about old age reconciling itself to memory and destiny, Mastroianni wears the wizened smile of a man who knows he is visiting his youth for the last time.




    (en verb)
  • To become wiser.
  • Usage notes

    Usually followed by "up": "The ignorant always wisen up." -Charles Neal


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