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forshrink

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English forshrinken, forschrinken, from Old English forsċrincan (to shrink up, dry up, wither away), equivalent to for- (completely, to the fullest extent) +‎ shrink.

VerbEdit

forshrink (third-person singular simple present forshrinks, present participle forshrinking, simple past forshrank, past participle forshrunk or forshrunken)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To shrink up; dry up; wither.
    • 1870, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Cowden Clarke, The riches of Chaucer:
      Forshrunk with heat the ladies eke to-brent, [...]