verb dwin·dle \ˈdwin-dəl\

: to gradually become smaller

dwin·dleddwin·dling \-(d)liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of DWINDLE

intransitive verb
:  to become steadily less :  shrink
transitive verb
:  to make steadily less

Examples of DWINDLE

  1. Our energy dwindled as the meeting dragged on.
  2. The town's population is dwindling away.

Origin 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

Rhymes with DWINDLE


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