Definition of withering adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

withering

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈwɪðərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪðərɪŋ//
 
 
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(of a look, remark, etc.) intended to make somebody feel silly or ashamed withering scorn She gave him a withering look. He treated the club directors with withering contempt.
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