- The definition of a thin flow or steady drops.
An example of a trickle is the flow of drops from a faucet.
- Trickle is defined as to flow slowly in a thin stream, or fall in steady drops.
An example of rickle is barely turning on a faucet just until the water becomes a very slow stream.
intransitive verb-·led, -·ling
- to flow slowly in a thin stream or fall in drops
- to move, come, go, etc. little by little: the crowd trickled away
Origin of trickleMiddle English triklen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of trickling
- a slow, small flow
verbtrick·led, trick·ling, trick·les
- To flow or fall in drops or in a thin stream.
- To move or proceed slowly or bit by bit: The audience trickled in.
- The act or condition of trickling.
- A slow, small, or irregular quantity that moves, proceeds, or occurs intermittently.
Origin of trickleMiddle English triklen perhaps variant of striklen frequentative of striken to flow ; see strike .
(third-person singular simple present trickles, present participle trickling, simple past and past participle trickled)
- to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously
- The doctor trickled some iodine on the wound.
- (intransitive) to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously
- Here the water just trickles along, but later it becomes a torrent.
- The film ws so bad that people trickled out of the cinema before its end.
- (intransitive) To move or roll slowly.
Originally of tears; from strickle, frequentative of to strike, by elision (probably because tears trickle is easier to pronounce than tears strickle).