inchmeal

[inch-meel]

adverb

by inches; inch by inch; little by little.

Origin of inchmeal

First recorded in 1520–30; inch1 + -meal
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Related Words for inchmeal

gradually, piecemeal

British Dictionary definitions for inchmeal

inchmeal

adverb

gradually; inch by inch or little by little

Word Origin for inchmeal

C16: from inch 1 + -mele, from Old English mælum quantity taken at one time; compare piecemeal
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