verb dwin·dle \ˈdwin-dəl\

: to gradually become smaller

dwin·dleddwin·dling \-(d)liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of DWINDLE

intransitive verb
:  to become steadily less :  shrink
transitive verb
:  to make steadily less

Origin of DWINDLE

probably frequentative of dwine to waste away, from Middle English, from Old English dwīnan; akin to Old Norse dvīna to pine away, deyja to die — more at die
First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of DWINDLE

decrease, lessen, diminish, reduce, abate, dwindle mean to grow or make less. decrease suggests a progressive decline in size, amount, numbers, or intensity <slowly decreased the amount of pressure>. lessen suggests a decline in amount rather than in number <has been unable to lessen her debt>. diminish emphasizes a perceptible loss and implies its subtraction from a total <his visual acuity has diminished>. reduce implies a bringing down or lowering <you must reduce your caloric intake>. abate implies a reducing of something excessive or oppressive in force or amount <the storm abated>. dwindle implies progressive lessening and is applied to things growing visibly smaller <their provisions dwindled slowly>.

Rhymes with DWINDLE

DWINDLE Defined for Kids


verb dwin·dle \ˈdwin-dəl\

Definition of DWINDLE for Kids

:  to make or become less or smaller <… she had suddenly dwindled down to the size of a little doll … — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass>


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