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ˈdwɪn dldwin·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle downverb

    become smaller or lose substance

    "Her savings dwindled down"


  1. dwindleverb

    To decrease, shrink, diminish, reduce in size.

  2. dwindleverb

    To fall away in quality; degenerate, sink.

    The flattery of his friends began to dwindle into simple approbation. (Goldsmith, Vicar, III)

  3. Etymology: Diminutive form of dwine, from dwinan, akin to Old Norse dvena/dvína \(Danish tvine150290).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dwindleverb

    Etymology: dwinan, Saxon.

    Proper names, when familiarized in English, dwindle to monosyllables; whereas in modern languages they receive a softer turn, by the addition of a new syllable. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Our drooping days are dwindled down to nought;
    Their period finish’d e’er ’tis well begun. James Thomson, Spring.

    ’Tis now dwindled down to light frothy stuff. John Norris.

    If there have been such a gradual diminution of the generative faculty of the earth, that it hath dwindled from nobler animals to puny mice and insects, why was there not the like decay in the production of vegetables? Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    He found the expected council was dwindling into a conventicle, a packed assembly of Italian bishops, not a free convention of fathers. Francis Atterbury.

    Religious societies, though begun with excellent intentions, are said to have dwindled into factious clubs. Jonathan Swift.

    Weary sev’nnights nine times nine,
    Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    How often do we see, that some small part of the foot being injured by a wrench or a blow, the whole leg or thigh thereby loses its strength and nourishment, and dwindles away. John Locke.

    Physicians, with their milky cheer,
    The love-sick maid and dwindling beau repair. John Gay, Triv.

    Of all the forces under Greenvil, there were only five hundred foot and three hundred horse left with him for the blocking up Plymouth; the rest were dwindled away. Edward Hyde.


  1. dwindle

    Dwindle Distribution, based in El Segundo, California, is an American skateboard distributor. It is a component of Transom Capital Group Limited. The company was founded by Steve Rocco and Rodney Mullen. Its formation is recognized as a key event in the creation of a skateboard company owned by people actively involved in the skateboarding lifestyle.


  1. dwindle

    Dwindle refers to gradually decreasing in size, amount, strength, or intensity over time. It denotes the process of becoming smaller or less until little remains.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dwindleverb

    to diminish; to become less; to shrink; to waste or consume away; to become degenerate; to fall away

  2. Dwindleverb

    to make less; to bring low

  3. Dwindleverb

    to break; to disperse

  4. Dwindlenoun

    the process of dwindling; dwindlement; decline; degeneracy

  5. Etymology: [From OE. dwinen to languish, waste away, AS. dwnan; akin to LG. dwinen, D. dwijnen to vanish, Icel. dvna to cease, dwindle, Sw. tvina; of uncertain origin. The suffix -le, preceded by d excrescent after n, is added to the root with a diminutive force.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dwindle

    dwin′dl, v.i. to grow less: to waste away: to grow feeble: to become degenerate.—v.t. to lessen.—n. decline.—n. Dwin′dlement. [Dim. of Dwine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwindle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwindle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dwindle in a Sentence

  1. Joel Kan:

    Refinance demand continues to dwindle, as many borrowers refinanced in 2020, and in early 2021, when mortgage rates were around 40 basis points lower.

  2. Greg Adams:

    As hospital bed count continues to dwindle, we will not be able to keep up if [coronavirus cases, hopsitalizations] continue to increase.

  3. Gad Saad:

    According to the data. . . they’re happy when they get there, but when my star starts to dwindle and my body has been used 33,000 times, what do I do ? What’s going to happen ? They don’t seem to think about that.

  4. Darin Kraetsch:

    In a short period of time, we’ve seen a very competitive marketplace among big-box stores dwindle, that’s one of the things we hope to capitalize on. We hope to disrupt the space they have left open for small and medium-size business that Staples can’t afford to service.

  5. Dave Krepcho:

    My concern is that we will see food and funding dwindle, the level of service would diminish considerably. That means tens of thousands of people in our community will literally not have food to eat.

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