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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to progress by revolving
: to move on or as if on wheels : roll
buses trundling through the city
ˈtrən(d)-lər How to pronounce trundle (audio)


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

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
Martinson stood with us on a gangway, watching as logs trundled along conveyor belts and into the blades that cut them into long planks, which are then treated, kiln-dried and stress-tested. William Booth, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Tucked inside was Pragyan, a small, six-wheeled rover that trundled down a ramp onto the moon’s surface. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023 The menu is carefully designed to highlight the landscape the train trundles through, and highlights included Alberta strip loin steak and Lois Lake steelhead. Arati Menon, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Oct. 2023 An unhelpful comparison: At the same age, Messi was still trundling about with Barcelona’s third team. Rory Smith, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Leading larvae will start to tap, and the rest of the pack will tap—and then everyone will trundle onward. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023 Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon, Virginia Trains trundled down the Virginia Creeper Rail Line from Whitetop Mountain to Abingdon until 1977. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 17 Oct. 2023 Just before the polls closed Tuesday, a steady stream of voters trundled into a Panorama City Goodwill office to mark their ballots. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2023 Those declared fit for service then trundle under a walkway and into packing crates destined for Amazon fulfillment hubs. Will Knight, WIRED, 26 June 2023
Keep in Mind The trundle portion feels a bit wobbly. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2023 Or maybe its expansion is just a steady, ominous trundle toward a long-distant nothingness. Jonathan O'Callaghan, Scientific American, 30 June 2023 The trundle beds come from Tasha Beds; the bed cushions, from Neptune. Kate McGregor, ELLE Decor, 20 Jan. 2023 Every summer in northwest India, as hot winds sweep up from the deserts of Rajasthan, trains packed with students from the countryside trundle into Kota, a small city dense with clusters of test-prep centers. Zishaan A Latif Mansi Choksi, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 The 7-inch height is low enough to fit into bunk beds or trundle beds, but it can also be used in a regular bed frame. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 22 Dec. 2022 Remote work has already affected Manhattan’s texture and routines — even its smells, as the once crowded and aromatic lunch carts of midtown trundle off to hungrier pastures. Curbed, 10 Nov. 2022 Clasen created the ultimate sleepover room with custom trundle beds by Orange County Woodworkers. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 21 Dec. 2022 The bed has a sturdy metal frame and comes with a trundle for additional sleeping room. Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use


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


circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trundle was circa 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Trundle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


trundled; trundling
: to transport in or as if in a wheeled vehicle : haul
trundled her off to school
: to move on or as if on wheels
buses trundling through the city

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