What does trickle mean?

Definitions for trickle
ˈtrɪk əltrick·le

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word trickle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drip, trickle, dribbleverb

    flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

    "there's a drip through the roof"

  2. trickle, dribble, filterverb

    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

    "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"


  1. tricklenoun

    A very thin river.

    The brook had shrunk to a mere trickle.

  2. tricklenoun

    A very thin flow; the act of trickling.

    The tap of the washbasin in my bedroom is leaking and the trickle drives me mad at night.

  3. trickleverb

    to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously

    The doctor trickled some iodine on the wound.

  4. trickleverb

    to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously

  5. trickleverb

    To move or roll slowly.

  6. Etymology: Originally of tears; from strickle, frequentative of strike, by elision (probably because tears trickle is easier to pronounce than tears strickle).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Trickleverb

    To fall in drops; to rill in a slender stream.

    He, prick’d with pride,
    Forth spurred fast; adown his courser’s side
    The red blood trickling, stain’d the way. Fa. Qu. b. i.

    Fast beside there trickled softly down
    A gentle stream, whose murm’ring wave did play
    Amongst the pumy stones, and made a sound
    To lull him soft asleep that by it lay. Fa. Qu. b. ii.

    Some noises help sleep; as, the blowing of the wind, and trickling of water, as moving in the spirits a gentle attention, which stilleth the discursive motion. Francis Bacon.

    He wakened by the trickling of his blood. Richard Wiseman.

    Beneath his ear the fast’ned arrow stood,
    And from the wound appear’d the trickling blood. Dryden.

    All at once his grief and rage appear’d,
    And floods of tears ran trickling down his beard. Dryden.

    He lay stretch’d along, his eyes fixt upward,
    And ever and anon a silent tear
    Stole down, and trickled from his hoary beard. Dryden.

    The emblems of honour wrought on the front in the brittle materials above-mentioned, trickled away under the first impressions of the heat. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 28.

    Imbrown’d with native bronze, lo! Henly stands,
    Tuning his voice and balancing his hands:
    How fluent nonsense trickles from his tongue!
    How sweet the periods, neither said nor sung. Alexander Pope.

    They empty heads console with empty sound.
    No more, alas! the voice of fame they hear,
    The balm of dulness trickling in their ear. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    The frost resolves into a trickling thaw. James Thomson, Winter.


  1. Trickle

    Trickle is the second and most recent album from English trip hop band Olive.


  1. trickle

    Trickle refers to a small or slow flow or movement of something, often a liquid, in a thin stream or drops over a period of time. It can also refer to the gradual or slow spread or accumulation of something. The term is also used metaphorically to describe a situation where something is supplied or received in small quantities over a period.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trickleverb

    to flow in a small, gentle stream; to run in drops


  1. Trickle

    Trickle is the second and most recent album from English trip-hop band Olive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trickle

    trik′l, v.i. to flow gently or in a small stream.—n. a trickling rill.—n. Trick′let, a little rill.—adj. Trick′ly, trickling. [M. E. triklen, prob. for striklen, freq. of striken, to go.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trickle is ranked #91221 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trickle surname appeared 202 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trickle.

    97.5% or 197 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of trickle in a Sentence

  1. Elias Canetti:

    The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.

  2. Hillary Rodham Clinton:

    Trickle-down economics has to be one of the worst ideas of the 1980s, it is right up there with New Coke, shoulder pads and big hair.

  3. Jared Bernstein:

    One thing that you have to watch for is people just tacking the words poverty and inequality onto a pre-existing agenda that has very little to do with addressing those problems, for the most part, I hear lots of the same trickle-down economics that helped to get us into this mess in the first place.

  4. Michael Weinstein:

    If prices are lower, the burden on taxpayers is going to be lower, it's also going to trickle down to the copays and costs of what people pay for pharmaceuticals.

  5. Pedro Antunes:

    You've essentially cut your revenue stream in half in terms of oil revenues, that will have important repercussions and it will trickle down through all parts of the economy though we are most concerned about investment.

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Translations for trickle

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  • Rinnsal, Tröpfeln, Getröpfel, träufelnGerman
  • instilar, chorrear, riachueloSpanish
  • noro, valuttaa, valua, puro, noruttaa, noruaFinnish
  • ruisseauFrench
  • sheelManx
  • gocciolio, gocciolare, sgocciolio, sgocciolareItalian
  • stillareLatin
  • whakamāturu, whakamāturuturu, māturu, tohihī, māturuturu, koreto, kotokotoMāori
  • dryppeNorwegian
  • струйка, ручеёкRussian
  • droppandeSwedish

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