inchmeal

[ inch-meel ]
/ ˈɪntʃ mil /

adverb

by inches; inch by inch; little by little.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. inch by inch,
  2. inch of mercury,
  3. inch plant,
  4. inch-pound,
  5. incher,
  6. inchoate,
  7. inchoation,
  8. inchoative,
  9. inchon,
  10. inchworm

Origin of inchmeal

First recorded in 1520–30; inch1 + -meal

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British Dictionary definitions for inchmeal

inchmeal

/ (ˈɪntʃˌmiːl) /

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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