how to pronounce wither


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the above transcription of wither is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

wither is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of wither in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and so it would wither and die but what …”

meanings of wither


  1. To shrivel, droop or dry up, especially from lack of water.
  2. To make helpless due to emotion.
  3. To go against, resist; oppose.
  4. To lose vigour or power; to languish; to pass away.
  5. To cause to shrivel or dry up.
  6. To become helpless due to emotion.


  1. Singular of withers (“part of the back of a four-legged animal that is between the shoulder blades").


  1. Against, in opposition to.


  1. A surname​.

wither frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word wither occurs in english on average 1.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

words that rhyme with wither


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