Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

trickle

play
intransitive verb trick·le \ˈtri-kəl\

Simple Definition of trickle

  • : to flow or fall in drops

  • : to move or go slowly in small numbers or amounts

Full Definition of trickle

trick·ledtrick·ling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. 1a :  to issue or fall in dropsb :  to flow in a thin gentle stream

  2. 2a :  to move or go one by one or little by little <customers began to trickle in>b :  to dissipate slowly <his enthusiasm trickled away>

Examples of trickle

  1. Tears trickled down her cheeks.

  2. Water was trickling out of the gutter.

  3. People trickled into the theater.

  4. Donations have been trickling in.



Origin of trickle

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


2

trickle

noun trick·le

Simple Definition of trickle

  • : a slow, thin flow of water

  • : a slow movement of people or things in small numbers or amounts

Full Definition of trickle

  1. :  a thin, slow, or intermittent stream or movement

Examples of trickle

  1. We heard the trickle of water from the roof.

  2. The flow of water slowed to a trickle.

  3. Sales have slowed to a trickle in recent weeks.

  4. A slow trickle of customers came into the store throughout the day.



1580

First Known Use of trickle

1580



TRICKLE Defined for Kids

1

trickle

play
verb trick·le \ˈtri-kəl\

Definition of trickle

trick·ledtrick·ling

  1. 1 :  to run or fall in drops

  2. 2 :  to flow in a thin slow stream

  3. 3 :  to move slowly or in small numbers <Customers trickled in.>




2

trickle

play
noun trick·le

Definition of trickle

  1. :  a thin slow stream





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up trickle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ