inchmeal

adverb
inch·​meal | \ ˈinch-ˌmēl How to pronounce inchmeal (audio) , -ˈmēl \

Definition of inchmeal

Keep scrolling for more

Did you know?

All the infections that the sun sucks up / From bogs, fens, flats, on Prosper fall, and make him / By inch-meal a disease! So goes one of the curses the hated and hateful Caliban hurls in the direction of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest. The origin of "inchmeal" is simple; the "inch" half is the familiar measurement, and the "meal" is the suffix we know from the more common word piecemeal (which shares the "gradually" meaning of "inchmeal," and has several other meanings as well). "Meal" is an old suffix that means "by a (specified) portion or measure at a time"; it is related to the modern German word mal, meaning "time," as in the German word manchmal, meaning "sometimes."

Examples of inchmeal in a Sentence

the troops moved through the village inchmeal, recapturing it virtually house by house

First Known Use of inchmeal

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inchmeal

inch entry 1 + -meal (as in piecemeal)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About inchmeal

Time Traveler for inchmeal

Time Traveler

The first known use of inchmeal was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About inchmeal

Statistics for inchmeal

Cite this Entry

“Inchmeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inchmeal. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!