trun·​dle | \ ˈtrən-dᵊl How to pronounce trundle (audio) \
trundled; trundling\ ˈtrən(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce trundling (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 trundler (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 Inside a large, windowless concrete cube, humans and robots work together to quickly pick and pack thousands of grocery items that were ordered online, and trundle them outside to shoppers waiting in their cars. Hiawatha Bray,, "At this Walmart, humans and robots work together to fill your grocery orders," 8 Jan. 2020 His father trundled ahead in a red Toyota pickup containing my mom and her sisters. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 For the euro’s first decade, growth and inflation trundled along because excess savings in the north were matched by excess spending in the south. The Economist, "What to make of the strife at the ECB," 10 Oct. 2019 The fetch rover, about the size of a coffee table, will trundle out of the lander to seek the sample tubes deposited years earlier. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape," 21 Nov. 2019 Perhaps the best thing Tanaka did was to keep quiet the 48,000-pound replica locomotive that trundles along over the left field wall at Minute Maid Park. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Yankees Won Game 1 of the A.L.C.S.," 12 Oct. 2019 Today, about 300 e-buses trundle along US roads, operated by transit agencies in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. Wired, "An Effort to Punish China Could Slow the Roll of Electric Buses," 25 Sep. 2019 In November 2017, a black vintage hearse trundled across the verdant Australian sheep country west of Sydney toward the shimmering deserts of the outback. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Taxis crammed with budget-minded backpackers trundle behind luxury SUVs from the nearby Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s luxury retreat, where rooms cost more than $600 a night. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The Labor Department on Thursday trundles out the latest stats on jobless claims. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: From a galaxy far, far away ... heeere's Han!," 21 May 2018 Everybody knows the age-old, infallible signs of spring — the old man lifts his eyes from the Sunday paper and trundles outside to hose down the family car . . . Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, "‘Piercingly funny’: Tom Wolfe’s years as a Washington Post reporter," 15 May 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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trundle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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