[ trik-uhl-doun ]

  1. of, relating to, or based on the trickle-down theory: the trickle-down benefits to the local community.

Origin of trickle-down

First recorded in 1950–55; adj. use of verb phrase trickle down

Words Nearby trickle-down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trickle-down in a sentence

  • And the water he took in sips, allowing it to trickle down his throat, drop by drop almost.

    Those Times And These | Irvin S. Cobb
  • For a moment I watched the contents of those two eggshells trickle down through the leaves and moss, then I looked up at Bige.

    Lost Pond | Henry Abbott
  • See what a quantity of holes he has made in it, and how its bark is stained p. 60with the drops which trickle down from them.

    Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
  • Maria let her head fall upon his shoulder, and the tears began to trickle down her wasted cheeks.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • She cried afresh, and held the empty glass to her lips in the hope a forgotten drop might trickle down upon them.

    A Sheaf of Corn | Mary E. Mann

British Dictionary definitions for trickle-down


  1. of or concerning the theory that granting concessions such as tax cuts to the rich will benefit all levels of society by stimulating the economy

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