trickle

verb
trick·​le | \ ˈtri-kəl How to pronounce trickle (audio) \
trickled; trickling\ ˈtri-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trickling (audio) \

Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to issue or fall in drops
b : to flow in a thin gentle stream
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

trickle

noun

Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin, slow, or intermittent stream or movement

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Synonyms for trickle

Synonyms: Verb

distill (also distil), dribble, drip, drop

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Examples of trickle in a Sentence

Verb

Tears trickled down her cheeks. Water was trickling out of the gutter. People trickled into the theater. Donations have been trickling in.

Noun

We heard the trickle of water from the roof. The flow of water slowed to a trickle. Sales have slowed to a trickle in recent weeks. A slow trickle of customers came into the store throughout the day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The seasonal savings are being offered both online and in stores, and will eventually trickle down to every member of the Beauty Insider program. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Sephora's Spring Bonus Sale Offers VIB Rouge Members Serious Savings," 12 Apr. 2019 But Thunderbolt 3 didn't trickle down to the 14-inch convertible, which is disappointing. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour battery life," 12 Dec. 2018 Egyptian government officials point to the economy’s 5.4% growth rate in the fiscal year that ended in June and say the turnaround will trickle down to the broader population. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Tightened Belts in Mideast Stir Memories of Arab Spring," 5 Dec. 2018 But the hope is that more state funding will trickle down in the form of better pay. Washington Post, "Q&A: Why Colorado, Arizona teachers are walking off the job," 26 Apr. 2018 How those savings will trickle down to customers will be calculated once the City Council makes a final determination on how the tax benefits will be deployed, Entergy New Orleans spokeswoman Charlotte Cavell said. Legal Ads, NOLA.com, "4-18-18 Jefferson Parish Official Journal," 19 Apr. 2018 Now, the risk for the GOP is this Trump-phobia will trickle down the ballot in the fall and, at long last, enable Democrats to reclaim the House seat that George H.W. Bush took from them all those years ago. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "Bush-style Republicans once ruled Texas. Now Trump’s the new sheriff.," 7 Mar. 2018 Senate Republicans' need for bipartisan support on spending will trickle down to anything the House passes too, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Shutdown watch: Conservatives may bend to keep Ryan from making a deal with Democrats," 9 Jan. 2018 Catherine and Eugene are the nicest people in the world, and that niceness trickles down: everyone is so lovely. Lauren Christensen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Hampshire Balances Polar Opposites on Schitt's Creek and 12 Monkeys," 19 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the bright side, my period, which had been so hideously long and heavy that I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, dwindled to a trickle that came and went in four uneventful days. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 But soon after launch, Google tanked Foundem’s ranking, pushing results far past the first page and slowing usage to a trickle. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased," 6 Dec. 2018 By spring, a trickle of Republicans outside of the White House finally started embracing impeachment messaging. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Is Forcing Democrats to Talk Impeachment. Is It a Losing Strategy?," 25 May 2018 For the British media contemplating a new and unconventional royal bride, a trickle of royal blood is better than none at all. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "New bio: Meghan Markle is a 'social climber' who wants to be 'Princess Diana 2.0'," 2 Apr. 2018 The influx of graduation parties also has a trickle down effect. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "You’ve got the diploma and the proud parents. What about that dinner reservation?," 28 May 2018 The trickle of satellite imagery analyses in recent months suggesting continued North Korean missile and nuclear development appears to have done little to dull Mr. Trump’s interest in pursuing dialogue with Mr. Kim. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Keeping Up Work on Missile Sites, Report Says," 12 Nov. 2018 In this market, there’s so much trickle effect copies. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Contemporary Label Draws on Princess Diana’s Casual Style," 1 Feb. 2019 As holiday sales reports trickle in, a divide is growing between the weak and the strong. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why Only Some Retailers Got Their Holiday Wishes," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of trickle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trickle

Verb

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin

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trickle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to flow or fall in drops
: to move or go slowly in small numbers or amounts

trickle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slow, thin flow of water
: a slow movement of people or things in small numbers or amounts

trickle

verb
trick·​le | \ ˈtri-kəl How to pronounce trickle (audio) \
trickled; trickling

Kids Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to run or fall in drops
2 : to flow in a thin slow stream
3 : to move slowly or in small numbers Customers trickled in.

trickle

noun

Kids Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin slow stream

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