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 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 At first, air-traffic controllers didn’t seem alarmed when Richard Russell climbed into the cockpit of a small airliner here Friday evening, spooled up its twin turboprop engines and trundled from its parking spot near a cargo area. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Airplane Stunt Startles Onlookers, Ends Tragically," 12 Aug. 2018 On its northern shores ancestors of hippos and crocodiles trundled along under palm trees. Ruth Kassinger,, "How slime will save the world," 26 July 2019 Despite the Remain camp’s dire predictions, the economy seemed to trundle on well enough. The Economist, "The chilling economic effects of Brexit uncertainty are intensifying," 15 Aug. 2019 An hour later, about half of the people trundled upstairs for the first dinner seating. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, "And for the Magic Castle’s next trick: Food that’s worth talking about," 25 July 2019 Delivery robots might trundle down its wide sidewalks. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data," 24 June 2019 Hundreds of Russia’s Armata tanks had already trundled to the union’s new western border—just 200km (125 miles) from Warsaw. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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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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