1. a cone-shaped utensil with a tube at the apex for conducting liquid or other substance through a small opening, as into a bottle, jug, or the like.
  2. a smokestack, especially of a steamship.
  3. a flue, tube, or shaft, as for ventilation.
  4. Eastern New England. a stovepipe.
verb (used with object), fun·neled, fun·nel·ing or (especially British) fun·nelled, fun·nel·ling.
  1. to concentrate, channel, or focus: They funneled all income into research projects.
  2. to pour through or as if through a funnel.
verb (used without object), fun·neled, fun·nel·ing or (especially British) fun·nelled, fun·nel·ling.
  1. to pass through or as if through a funnel.

Origin of funnel

1375–1425; late Middle English fonel < Old Provençal fonilh (Gascon) < Vulgar Latin *fundibulum, for Latin infundibulum, derivative of infundere to pour in
Related formsfun·nel·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for funneling

pour, filter, transmit, siphon, channel, move, pipe, convey, conduct, carry, pass, traject

Examples from the Web for funneling

Contemporary Examples of funneling

Historical Examples of funneling

  • Daoud began scooping up the stones and funneling them into the hidden pocket of his belt.

  • It didn't climb until it got away from the funneling effect of the creek and into the river, then it went up pretty fast.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for funneling


  1. a hollow utensil with a wide mouth tapering to a small hole, used for pouring liquids, powders, etc, into a narrow-necked vessel
  2. something resembling this in shape or function
  3. a smokestack for smoke and exhaust gases, as on a steamship or steam locomotive
  4. a shaft or tube, as in a building, for ventilation
verb -nels, nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled
  1. to move or cause to move or pour through or as if through a funnel
  2. to concentrate or focus or be concentrated or focused in a particular directionthey funnelled their attention on the problem
  3. (intr) to take on a funnel-like shape
Derived Formsfunnel-like, adjective

Word Origin for funnel

C15: from Old Provençal fonilh, ultimately from Latin infundibulum funnel, hopper (in a mill), from infundere to pour in
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Word Origin and History for funneling



c.1400, from Middle French fonel, from Provençal enfounilh, "a word from the Southern wine trade" [Weekley], from Late Latin fundibulum, shortened from Latin infundibulum "a funnel or hopper in a mill," from infundere "pour in," from in- "in" + fundere "pour" (see found (v.2)).



1590s, from funnel (n.). Related: Funneled; funneling.

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