- trick|le1 [ˈtrıkəl] v [I always + adverb/preposition][Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Perhaps from the sound]1.) if liquid trickles somewhere, it flows slowly in drops or in a thin streamtrickle down/into/out▪ The tears trickled down her cheeks.2.) if people, vehicles, goods etc trickle somewhere, they move there slowly in small groups or amountstrickle in/into/away▪ The first few fans started to trickle into the stadium.trickle down phr vif money trickles down, it moves slowly from the richest people to the poorest people in a society, or from the richest countries to the poorest countriestrickle up phr vif money trickles up, it moves slowly from the poorest people to the richest people in a society, or from the poorest countries to the richest countriestrickle 2trickle2 n1.)a thin slow flow of liquid▪ The water in the stream had been reduced to a trickle.2.) [singular]a movement of people, vehicles, goods etc into a place in very small numbers or amounts▪ Recent legislation has reduced immigration to a trickle.trickle of▪ a trickle of cars on the highway
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.