[ trik-uhl ]
/ ˈtrɪk əl /

verb (used without object), trick·led, trick·ling.

to flow or fall by drops, or in a small, gentle stream: Tears trickled down her cheeks.
to come, go, or pass bit by bit, slowly, or irregularly: The guests trickled out of the room.

verb (used with object), trick·led, trick·ling.

to cause to trickle.


a trickling flow or stream.
a small, slow, or irregular quantity of anything coming, going, or proceeding: a trickle of visitors throughout the day.

Origin of trickle

1325–75; Middle English triklen, trekelen (v.), apparently sandhi variant of strikle, perhaps equivalent to strike (in obsolete sense “flow”) + -le


trick·ling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for trickle

/ (ˈtrɪkəl) /


to run or cause to run in thin or slow streamsshe trickled the sand through her fingers
(intr) to move, go, or pass graduallythe crowd trickled away


a thin, irregular, or slow flow of something
the act of trickling

Derived forms of trickle

trickling, adjectivetricklingly, adverbtrickly, adjective

Word Origin for trickle

C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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