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

Other Words from trundle


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 Streetcars trundle jauntily past fountains, sidewalk cafes and luxury stores where security guards stand sentry. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 First, giant excavators, loaders and trucks running on fossil fuels scoop up the earth and trundle it away. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 From dawn to dusk, 15 squat, white, six-wheeled machines trundle across the campus, toting snacks and drinks between the university’s four restaurants and the 1,200 students in the school’s residence halls., 4 Mar. 2021 On busy summer days, more trucks than ever now trundle up and down the road to the ferry’s main terminal in Woods Hole, critics say, sometimes numbering more than 600 a day and starting before dawn., 28 Aug. 2021 The elevator doors open and shut and residents trundle by. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, 12 May 2021 The air is salty, even a little dank, and seagulls bicker as diggers trundle up and down dismantling cabanas. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 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, 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, 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another shopper favorite, Zinus' Suzanne trundle daybed, is included in the curation. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 30 Jan. 2022 Their 2-year-old sleeps in a crib and has his own room, but the stay-at-home dad replaced the beds in his 8- and 10-year-olds’ shared room with trundle beds so that everyone can hunker down in one place if need be. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Dec. 2021 Each yurt features a queen bed, as well as a twin daybed with a trundle. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2021 The southpaw has struggled in the big leagues, posting an ERA nearing double-digits as the Orioles trundle to the end of a forgettable season., 18 Sep. 2021 The canopied daybed has a hidden trundle underneath, creating a cocoon for reading or sleeping in this unconventional media turned guest room. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 Each room includes a separate sleeping area for kids with bunk beds and a trundle as well as a Google Nest that can send kids on in-room scavenger hunts, tell them a bedtime story, and place room service orders. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 No cars are allowed on the island, and the few residents —mostly elderly and deeply tanned—either power-walk or jog past, or trundle by on electric golf carts, always giving a friendly wave. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2021 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, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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“Trundle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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