- To dwindle is defined as to slowly be reduced or become smaller.
An example of dwindle is when you have a lot of candy and you eat it piece by piece, until the quantity of candy will start to reduce down to nothing.
transitive verbdwindled, dwindling
Origin of dwindlefrequentative of obsolete dwine, to languish, fade ; from Middle English dwinen ; from Old English dwīnan, akin to Old Norse dvína ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-: see die
verbdwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
Origin of dwindleFrequentative of Middle English dwinen, to waste away, from Old English dwīnan, to shrink; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dwindles, present participle dwindling, simple past and past participle dwindled)
Diminutive form of dwine, from Old English dwinan (“to waste away”), akin to Old Norse dvena /dvína (Danish tvine (“to pine away”) ).