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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WILTING

The little mountain blossom was wilting and fading slowly away.

She chuckled, and Freddie, who had been wilting on the fender, perked up.

As you have foreseen, I felt suddenly the wilting of my will.

And now suddenly this light was dimmed; his laurels were wilting.

He shrank at the tap of Sam's gun on his shoulder, wilting to his knees.

Was not a whole family broken and wilting for lack of means to transplant it?

Probably already the hot morning sun was wilting the blossoms.

Now she was wilting—how many gardenias had she seen droop, turn brown.

"It seemed like a great tomb, with its thousands of wilting roses," she said.

She shrank from him, wilting with shame, her eyes frozen in her face; but he was inexorable.

WORD ORIGIN

1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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