AskDefine | Define dwindle

Dictionary Definition

dwindle v : become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down" [syn: dwindle away, dwindle down]

User Contributed Dictionary


From Anglo-Saxon dwinan, "to waste away". Confer Dutch verdwijnen, "to vanish".



  1. To decrease, shrink, vanish, or become less continuously but somewhat unsteadily or gradually.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
      The Machine marches globally forward and silence is the dwindling place where noise has not yet penetrated.


(intransitive) To decrease, shrink, vanish
  • Finnish: vähetä
  • French: diminuer
  • German: schwinden
  • Italian: restringersi, diminuire
  • Portuguese: diminuir, decrescer
  • Spanish: disminuir

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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