trun·​dle | \ˈtrən-dᵊl \
trundled; trundling\ ˈtrən(d)-​liŋ , 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 , ˈtrən-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of trundle in a Sentence


She trundled her suitcase into the room. The children trundled off to bed.

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And so, 27-plus hours later, the travelers trundled back to Orlando's MCO airport to hop back on the plane. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Was Delayed for 3 Days—Here's Everything That Went Wrong," 5 Nov. 2018 After that, one of Starship’s robots will trundle down the sidewalk with the package tucked away inside its frame. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Starship’s robots can now deliver packages, too," 31 Oct. 2018 Yellow bulldozers trundled past as children played under the trees of the schoolyard. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 But then comes January, when Mirnyi trundles off to Australia, California and Europe. David Waldstein, New York Times, "For a Doubles Champion, the Title That Counts Is Dad," 19 Apr. 2018 After a debate that has trundled on for several years HKEX is, in the coming weeks, poised to allow companies to issue shares with different voting rights. The Economist, "Hong Kong and Singapore succumb to the lure of dual-class shares," 1 Mar. 2018 That might sound strange, given the lack of enormous dinosaurs or giant ground sloths trundling around. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 Today the interloper is the four-legged kind: a massive raccoon who trundles to the open entrance of the woodshop, intrigued by some empty pizza boxes on the ground. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Nick Offerman on Playing the Hip Dad in 'Hearts Beat Loud,' Buying a Guitar From Jeff Tweedy & Crate Digging," 5 June 2018 Still, the drip-drip of Trump news wore on into 2018, Steyer’s national push trundled past its infancy, and his army of backers grew. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Is Forcing Democrats to Talk Impeachment. Is It a Losing Strategy?," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Under the bed is an old-fashioned trundle, to pull out for a child to sleep. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Built by the CCC, lodges in Illinois parks continue to serve as cozy getaways," 10 May 2018 The spacious quarters sleep a family of five or seven, allowing kids the thrill of their own cozy sleeping space with bunk beds and a trundle, while parents can hole up in the room’s plush king. Sunset, "The All-New Legoland Castle Hotel Is a Royally Fun Stay," 22 Jan. 2018 Flatbed semis trundle over cratered asphalt, and a narrow footpath squeezes between traffic lanes and construction fences. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Superhuman City," 18 Apr. 2018 Visitors to the preserve trundle along a wobbly wooden boardwalk, where they are welcomed by a breathtaking view of a serene, blue lake framed by stands of native flora: swamp loosestrife, pickerel weed, lotus flowers, swamp milkweed and buttonbush. James F. Mccarty,, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017

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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


trundle entry 2


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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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 \
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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