Simple Definition of dwindle
: to gradually become smaller
Examples of dwindle in a sentence
Our energy dwindled as the meeting dragged on.
The town's population is dwindling away.
Origin and Etymology of dwindle
probably frequentative of dwine to waste away, from Middle English, from Old English dwīnan; akin to Old Norse dvīna to pine away, deyja to die — more at die
First Known Use: 1596
Synonym Discussion of dwindle
DWINDLE Defined for Kids
Definition of dwindle for Students
: to make or become less or smaller <… she had suddenly dwindled down to the size of a little doll … — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass>
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