2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin away, as animal bodies. This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. (Shak) There was a man which had his hand withered. (Matt. Xii. 10) Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave. (Dryden)
Origin: OE. Wideren; probably the same word as wederen to weather (see Weather, &); or cf. G. Verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. Vysti to wither.