trun·​dle | \ ˈtrən-dᵊl How to pronounce trundle (audio) \
trundled; trundling\ ˈtrən(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce trundle (audio) , ˈtrən-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of trundle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to propel by causing to rotate : roll a … child who was trundling a hoop— Charles Dickens
b archaic : to cause to revolve : spin
2 : to transport in or as if in a wheeled vehicle : haul, wheel trundled him off to school

intransitive verb

1 : to progress by revolving
2 : to move on or as if on wheels : roll buses trundling through the city



Definition of trundle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the motion or sound of something rolling
3 : a round or oval wooden tub

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trundler \ ˈtrən(d)-​lər How to pronounce trundle (audio) , ˈtrən-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of trundle in a Sentence

Verb She trundled her suitcase into the room. The children trundled off to bed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The air is salty, even a little dank, and seagulls bicker as diggers trundle up and down dismantling cabanas. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Inside Rick Owens’s Venice: “Italy Is Where I Create, and Paris Is Where I Am Judged”," 7 Oct. 2020 That alone could be more entertaining than watching winners trundle up to the stage, as non-winners gamely applaud and try not to look disappointed. oregonlive, "2020 Emmys: Who will win, who should win, and why a virtual ceremony may be an improvement," 15 Sep. 2020 Ease into that left to right transition and, whoa, that Civic trundling along in the right lane looks scared. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Reminds Us What Fast Feels Like," 7 Apr. 2020 All day, motorcycle deliverymen handed off items to the security guards, who trundled through the compound’s grounds with dollies and shopping carts, dropping off boxes and bags. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Life on Lockdown in China," 23 Mar. 2020 The expansion trundled along despite global manufacturing downturns in 2016 and 2019, conflicts over trade, and a bout of monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve. The Economist, "Free exchange Wage gains for low earners have helped sustain America’s economic expansion," 13 Feb. 2020 Those positive signs could have a negative impact as the Wings trundle through the last 13 games of their season. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how the Detroit Red Wings played like the team they want to be," 7 Mar. 2020 The intrepid Spaniard commenced to explore and trade in the West Indies and Central America before trundling down to Peru to conquer it over the Incans. cleveland, "Arkansas’ Hot Springs is perfect place to do a little exploring," 8 Mar. 2020 Detroit Free Press Some people ask Chris Long If the small, silver vehicle trundling about the streets of Ann Arbor these days has a small child in it or perhaps a dog. Cindy Heflin, Detroit Free Press, "In Ann Arbor, you can order lunch and have it delivered by a robot," 8 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, many pieces, including sleeper sofas and a trundle daybed, feature multi-functional designs that help save space in tight quarters. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The New Novogratz Line at Target Is Your Go-To Source for Affordable Modern Home Decor," 18 Aug. 2020 Stone tombs, enormous square pillars and a giant staircase leading to a golden throne trundle around the stage. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Eurydice’ and ‘Agrippina’ Reviews: Voices Lost and Found," 7 Feb. 2020 Designer Barbara Margolis suggests a trundle daybed covered with art deco and bohemian pillows under the window. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "Creating room for guests — and a treadmill — in a small bedroom," 14 Nov. 2019 Add wheels so it can be pushed to the side when the trundle is pulled out. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "Creating room for guests — and a treadmill — in a small bedroom," 14 Nov. 2019 The tunnels are designed to let the elderly trundle through on their mobility scooters. The Economist, "How Jerusalem is dealing with a grave shortage," 7 Nov. 2019 The United States surely does not expect migrants who want to live in Texas or California to settle on waiting for that dream in Guatemala as their paperwork trundles through a very clogged and restrictive US system. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Guatemala's new president could give Trump a huge headache on immigration," 12 Aug. 2019 Bunks, twins and trundles allow for more floor space. Marni Jameson,, "Designing a dreamy guest room for kids," 29 June 2018 The stream of trucks that trundles from the Red Sea port account for about 70 percent of imports in a country where two-thirds of the 29 million people rely on international aid. New York Times, "Battle Intensifies for Yemeni Port as Dock Workers Still Unload Aid," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of trundle


circa 1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trundle

Noun and Verb

from trundle small wheel, alteration of earlier trendle, from Middle English, circle, ring, wheel, from Old English trendel; akin to Old English trendan to revolve — more at trend entry 2

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The first known use of trundle was circa 1598

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“Trundle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trundle

: to roll (something) on wheels slowly and noisily
: to move noisily on wheels
: to walk slowly and heavily


trun·​dle | \ ˈtrən-dəl How to pronounce trundle (audio) \
trundled; trundling

Kids Definition of trundle

: to roll along : wheel She trundled her suitcase into the room. Buses trundle through town.

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