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Etymology 1Edit

Recorded since 1691, probably an alteration of welk, itself from Middle English welken, presumed from Middle Dutch (preserved in modern inchoative verwelken) or Middle Low German welken (to wither), cognate with Old High German irwelhen (to become soft).

VerbEdit

wilt (third-person singular simple present wilts, present participle wilting, simple past and past participle wilted)

  1. (intransitive) To droop or become limp and flaccid (as a dying leaf or flower).
  2. (intransitive) To fatigue; to lose strength.
    • 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      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.
  3. (transitive) To cause to droop or become limp and flaccid (as a flower).
  4. (transitive) To cause to fatigue; to exhaust.
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NounEdit

wilt (plural wilts)

  1. The act of wilting or the state of being wilted.
  2. Any of various plant diseases characterized by wilting.
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Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

wilt

  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple present form of will

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PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wilt

  1. second-person singular present indicative of willen
  2. plural imperative of willen
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