Definition of trunk
- swimming trunks
- a nerve trunk
- the trunk of a river
the trunk of an artery
threw the rest of her books and tapes in the trunk and closed the lid
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: the thick main stem of a tree
: the main part of the human body not including the head, arms, and legs
: the main or central part of something
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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