Definition of dwindle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdwindl/


[no object]
Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength: traffic has dwindled to a trickle (as adjective dwindling) dwindling resources
More example sentences
  • Though she was many miles away, he felt her aura gradually dim and dwindle until it faded completely away…
  • North Sea gas supplies are gradually dwindling, with much of the infrastructure now at a ripe old age.
  • There is nothing wrong with the people - it is the investment which has gradually dwindled.
diminish, decrease, reduce, lessen, shrink;
fall off, tail off, drop, fall, slump, plummet;
disappear, vanish, die out
informal nosedive
decline, deteriorate, fail, slip, slide, fade, go downhill, go to rack and ruin


Late 16th century: frequentative of Scots and dialect dwine 'fade away', from Old English dwīnan, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwīnen and Old Norse dvína.

Words that rhyme with dwindle

brindle, kindle, spindle, swindle, Tyndale

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Syllabification: dwin·dle

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