- trickle trick‧le [ˈtrɪkl] verb [intransitive]to move somewhere slowly and in very small numbers or amounts:
• Only four or five customers had trickled in by 11:30.
• Details of the programs have trickled out over the past weeks, but haven't been widely publicized.— trickle noun [singular] :
• Trading activity slowed to a trickle as traders waited for a sign that war could be avoided.if something trickles down from one group to another, the people in the lower group start to feel the effects of something that has been done to the higher one:
• As Mexico made the painful conversion to a market economy, less wealth trickled down from the bosses to the masses.
* * *Ⅰ.trickle UK US /ˈtrɪkl/ verb [I]► to arrive or move somewhere slowly or gradually: trickle back »
Foreign capital has been trickling back, as investors seek higher returns than they can find at home.trickle in »
Customers trickled in throughout the afternoon.trickle out »
Details have begun to trickle out since the deal was struck Monday night.Ⅱ.trickle UK US /ˈtrɪkl/ noun [C, usually singular]► a very small number of people or things: a slow/steady trickle of sth »
Throughout the day there was a steady trickle of customers.be reduced/dwindle/slow to a trickle »
Trading has slowed to a trickle.
Financial and business terms. 2012.