Etymology
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trickle (v.)

late 14c., intransitive, of uncertain origin, possibly a shortened variant of stricklen "to trickle," a frequentative form of striken "to flow, move" (see strike (v.)). Transitive sense from c. 1600. Related: Trickled; trickling. Trickle-down as an adjectival phrase in an economic sense first recorded 1944; the image had been in use at least since Teddy Roosevelt.

trickle (n.)

1570s, from trickle (v.).

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Definitions of trickle
1
trickle (v.)
run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream;
water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose
Synonyms: dribble / filter
2
trickle (n.)
flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid;
Synonyms: drip / dribble
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